3 East Third Avenue
3 East Third
The 4-story Clocktower building at 3 E. Third Ave. is a mixed-use retail and office space located on a vibrant intersection in downtown San Mateo. This building maximizes the use of its site, both aesthetically and economically, and fulfills the guidelines outlined in the Downtown Area Plan. The downtown area plan calls for 3rd Avenue to be established as a main entry and connection to the downtown core. As such, the building addresses the corner of 3rd avenue and El Camino Real as a gateway to the downtown area.
The chamfered corner of the building creates a public space in which people can gather to explore the downtown core. The pedestrian areas are addressed by pushing the building off the property line along 3rd avenue, insetting the storefront windows to create public seating vestibules, and providing glass awnings for pedestrian scale and protection. The building bulk is addressed by setting the third floor back 4’ along both 3rd Avenue and El Camino Real. The design is an example of high quality infrastructure that will enhance the physical and economic viability of the city.