Fairmont San Jose Public Space

Fairmont San Jose Public Space Transformation


The iconic Fairmont Hotel underwent a major public space transformation in downtown San Jose. The renovated space included updates to the lobby, lobby entrance, lobby corridors, front desk area, restrooms, and the popular Arca lounge bar. The newly renovated space reflects the energy and vibrancy of Silicon Valley, delivering a modern experience.



Build Type

6 months

The public space modification included custom features like two-way mirrors at TV locations and handmade handrails with curved glass in the sunken bar. The stairs leading to the bar include gold inlays. The bar was assembled in multiple pieces to appear as one piece of marble. The bar also features hand-crafted bar lights.

The cocktail lounge was relocated temporarily as part of the effort. The hotel remained open during the renovation.

Fairmont San Jose Public Space Renovation

Project by the Numbers

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17,000 SF of public space
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37,000 SF of finished millwork installed
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30’x40′ custom chandlier over lobby bar

The Team

TCA Architects Architect
California-based TCA Architects served as the architect for the public space transformation.
Rockwell Group Designer
The award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group led the public space’s interior design plan.

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