Telegraph Tower

Mapping the scales of the surrounding context and celebrating Oakland’s vibrant arts scene inspired the design concept for 2201 Valley, a 28-story, 875,000-square-foot creative office building. 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 /


875,000 SF

28 Floors

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. 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 Oakland artist Karen Cusolito’s stunning steel sculpture of a figure that appears to be holding up the corner of the building.

Central to the vision of this transit-oriented community, Telegraph Tower is designed for a new generation of tenants. Inspired by the notions of community, connection and wellness, the plan features virtually column-free, expansive floorplates with interconnected workspaces and high ceilings that provide panoramic views and maximize daylight. Amenity offerings include a 10,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center, a community theatre, and a maker/art gallery space with integrated retail on the ground floor. Three terraces and 33 balconies create 30,000-square-feet of combined outdoor access on every level and deliver unobstructed views of the Bay, San Francisco, and the East Bay.

Targeting LEED Gold, Telegraph Tower’s design incorporates the latest advances in smart, energy efficient building design with 100% outside air filtration systems as well as linked systems for information, climate, lighting, and security.