How do you design a building that encourages creativity and inspires art?
How do you design a building that encourages creativity and inspires art?

Stanford University McMurtry Art & Art History Building

The McMurtry Building on the Stanford University Campus is the new home of the Department of Art and Art History along with the Art and Architecture Library.

Customized Solution
  • The new 90,000 gross s.f. steel framed structure houses faculty offices, classrooms, film screening, photography, digital arts, art studios, informal exhibition spaces and the library.
  • The goal for the project was to integrate the various artistic programs scattered throughout the campus while providing a dynamic and collaborative learning environment .
  • The design utilizes two interconnected threads that support the separate art making and art study programs.  These threads consist of opposing long span steel trusses that create a central column free courtyard at the ground floor.  The library and other communal space between the threads provide dynamic interaction opportunities between the two programs.
  • The building’s location adjacent to the Cantor Center for the Arts will also encourage collaboration with its neighbor.
CATEGORIES

Academic - University, Performing Arts/Museums/Libraries, Unusual Structures


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro/BOORA Architects
  • Owner: Stanford University
  • Steel framed, highly irregular structure