Anderson Collection at Stanford University

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Anderson Collection at Stanford University

The Anderson Collection is a prized collection of significant twentieth-century American Art. The design for a dedicated gallery at Stanford University interprets the unique accessibility to the art as it had been exhibited throughout the Anderson’s home and offices to foster a powerfully direct and intimate experience.

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We took full advantage of the abundant natural California sunlight while protecting the extremely valuable, light-sensitive pieces within the building to produce a bright gallery for this outstanding collection.

Richard Olcott, Design Partner

Part of a University directive to develop a prominent arts district, this new gallery building provides an inviting home for the Anderson Collection as well as a vital library and teaching space, serving Stanford’s educational mission.

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Exhibition spaces are on the second floor below an undulating ceiling. The gentle slope of the ceiling and the continuous translucent clerestory windows at the perimeter of the building bring diffused natural light into the galleries from above.

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The gallery layout is conceived as one open room, freeing visitors from a prescribed sequence and promoting the exploration of individual interests.

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A grand central staircase serves as an extension of the gallery walls, allowing visitors to view the collection as they gradually ascend from the lobby to the main galleries above.

Openings between the gallery walls provide views into the double-height stair hall, which serves as a point of orientation for visitors circulating throughout the building.

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The second floor gallery volume is cantilevered over the first floor to create a modern interpretation of Stanford’s traditional pedestrian arcade.

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Details

Year
2014
Location
Stanford, CA
Size
30,000 GSF
Program
Gallery Spaces, Offices, Conference Rooms, Library/Study Area, Storage Spaces, Food Service

Team

Design Partner
Richard Olcott
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Project Designer
Sean Baumes
Project Manager
Steven Peppas
Project Architect
Yu Inamoto
Design Team
Gary Anderson, Do Young Cho, Edgar Jimenez, Jörg Kiesow, Nikita Payusov, Adam Sheraden

Awards

  • 2016
    • Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention
    • Award of Excellence, Society of American Registered Architects New York Council
  • 2015
    • The Chicago Athenaeum 2015 American Architecture Awards
    • Award of Excellence, American Institute of Architects, New York State

Press

  • 2015
    • King, John. "New McMurtry Building a fine showcase of the arts for Stanford" (San Francisco Chronicle, 10/14/2015)
  • 2014
    • Baker, Kenneth. "Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area's art stature" (SF Gate, 9/18/2014)
    • Finkel, Jori. "At Stanford University, an Arts District Grows" (New York Times, 11/16/2014)
    • Knight, Christopher. "Pollock's stellar 'Lucifer' and impressive Anderson Collection" (Los Angeles Times, 9/17/2014)
    • Taylor, Robert. "Review: Anderson Collection of 20th-century art opens Sept. 21" (San Jose Mercury News, 9/18/2014)
    • Wander, Robin. "A Private Art Collection Becomes a Stanford Collection on Sunday, Sept. 21" (Stanford University News, 9/15/2014)
  • 2012
    • Gauthier, Toni. "Anderson Collection Groundbreaking/Opening Remarks by Provost John Etchemendy" (Arts at Stanford, 10/10/2012)
  • 2011
    • Boehm, Mike. "Stanford picks architect for art collection's $30.5-million home" (Los Angeles Times, 12/14/2011)
    • Goll, David. "Stanford plans major arts facility expansion" (Business Journal- Silicon Valley/San Jose, 12/14/2011)
    • Krieger, Lisa M. "Two new art buildings planned for Stanford's 'arts district'" (San Jose Mercury News, 12/17/2011)

Consultants

Structural
Degenkolb Engineers
Electrical
Engineering Enterprises
Fire Protection
BFP Fire Protection, Inc.
Civil
BKF Engineers
Geotechnical
Cornerstone Earth Group
Landscape
Office of Cheryl Barton
Lighting
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Acoustics
Robert F. Mahoney & Associates
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Sustainable Design
Atelier Ten
Curtainwall
Heintges & Associates
Elevator
Lerch Bates
Mechanical/Plumbing
Taylor Engineering, LLC
Signage
Kate Keating Associates, Inc.
Life Safety
Hughes Associates, Inc.
Construction Manager
Devcon Construction Incorporated
Photography
Tim Griffith for Ennead Architects
Videography
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects