Telegraph Tower

Mapping the scales of the surrounding context and celebrating Oakland’s vibrant arts scene inspired the design concept for Telegraph Tower. The tower is broken down into discrete glass volumes that respond to the proportional scales and views of the neighborhood.


TMG Partners


Oakland, CA


Architecture /
Office /


750,000 SF

27 Floors

Targeting LEED Gold

Each glass façade contains a unique pattern of pleated curtain wall modules with exterior vertical fins optimized to reduce solar loads and glare. The building spans an underground BART tunnel that runs diagonally through the site, necessitating the inclusion of several long-span trusses to allow for large column-free retail spaces on the ground floor. These trusses also inform the stepped office profile above the building base. The lobby and outdoor plaza incorporate several large, local art pieces including a sculpture of a figure that appears to be holding up the corner of the building. The building is targeting LEED Gold.

A perforated CorTen steel seam features balconies for each office floor, separates the glass volumes, and visually connects the base with the tower.