Stanford Law School, William H. Neukom Building

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Stanford Law School, William H. Neukom Building

Reflecting an institutional shift that emphasizes interdisciplinary study and collaboration, the design fulfills the space needs of a growing faculty, fosters interchange among faculty and students and strengthens the visual identity and coherence of the Law School campus.

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The most important space in the building isn’t in the building at all: it’s the garden courtyard, a space for study, gathering, contemplation or relaxation, a common space in the tradition of the memorable historic quads of Stanford. It is literally the heart of the design, a space that is distinctly Stanford.

Richard Olcott, Design Partner
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A monumental rotunda at the intersection of two significant circulation paths is the principal entry point to the new academic building and defines a shaded garden terrace. Elevated above the ground floor, the terrace is the heart of the new building.

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The composition of materials and plantings define “conversation rooms,” sculptural fountains reinforce the terrace’s contemplative ambience, and a suspended, vine-covered, wood and steel trellis with a central oculus knits together the four wings of the building and creates a dynamic interplay of shade and shadow.

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In the faculty wings, intimate suites establish a welcoming atmosphere for faculty, students and visiting scholars. Interconnected communal spaces promote informal interaction. Double-height meeting spaces at the corners of the building link interior spaces vertically, further unifying the academic community.

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Over the course of the first year, students and faculty began to discover and use the new spaces. By year’s end – light speed if you think about the usual pace of cultural change – everything was different. What used to feel dead and monkish now feels vibrant and alive. It is precisely what we hoped the new architecture would do.

Larry Kramer, former Dean of Stanford Law
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Details

Year
2011
Location
Stanford, CA
Size
65,000 GSF
Program
Law Clinic, Conference Rooms, Seminar Rooms, Communal Work/Study Spaces, Faculty Offices, Faculty Garden, Faculty Lounge
LEED Silver Equivalent

Team

Design Partner
Richard Olcott
Management Partner
Don Weinreich
Project Designer
Kate Mann
Project Manager
Steven Peppas
Interiors
Charmian Place
Design Team
Stefan Abel, Bernardo Almonte, Sean Baumes, Katharine Huber, Kathleen Kulpa, Christina Long, Kenichiro Mito, Yasemen Omurtag, Yong Roh, Todd Van Varick
Associate Architect
MKThink

Awards

  • 2013
    • IES Lighting Control Innovation Award of Merit, Illuminating Engineering Society
    • Silver Award of Merit, Society of American Registered Architects/New York Council
  • 2012
    • AIA Santa Clara Valley Design Awards, Award of Merit
    • The Chicago Athenaeum Award for American Architecture
    • The Illuminating Engineering Soiety of North America Illumination Award, Award of Merit
    • ACEC California’s Engineering Excellence Award, Honor Award
    • American Council of Engineering Award
    • Precast Concrete Institute Award, Higher Education Category
    • Precast Concrete Institute Award, Sustainable Design Award
  • 2011
    • Society of American Registered Architects, National Design Award

Press

  • 2011
    • "Neukom Comes Full Circle" (World Architecture News, 6/17/2011)
    • Meinhold, Bridgette. "Stanford’s Neukom Building is a Stunning Low-Carbon Campus Centerpiece" (Inhabitat, 6/15/2011)
    • "Architecture People and Places" (Architecture Week, 6/8/2011)
    • Dudley, Brier. "A New Era: Attorney General Lauds Neukom at Stanford" (The Seattle Times, 5/20/2011)
    • Sloan, Karen. "Stanford law's New Building Intends to Encourage Interaction" (The National Law Journal, 5/18/2011)
    • "Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Dedication of the William H. Neukom Building at Stanford Law School" (The United States Department of Justice, 5/20/2011)
    • "Attorney General Eric Holder helps dedicate a dazzling new building for the Stanford Law School" (Stanford University News, 5/23/2011)
    • "William H. Neukom Building at Stanford University" (e-architect.com, 5/25/2011)
    • "William H. Neukom Building, Stanford University" (Architype Review, 9/22/2011)
    • Cook, John. "New Stanford Law Building is amazing, and it comes courtesy of an ex-Microsoftie" (Geek Wire, 5/21/2011)

Consultants

Structural
Degenkolb Engineers
MEP
Taylor Engineering, LLC
Electrical
Engineering Enterprises
Civil
Wilsey Ham Civil Engineers
Landscape
Office of Cheryl Barton
Lighting
HLB Lighting Design
Graphics
Poulin + Morris, Inc.
Acoustics/AV
Smith, Fause & McDonald, Inc
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Code/Life Safety
Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc., Hughes Associates, Inc.
Cost Estimating
Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Sustainability
Atelier Ten
BIM Integration
Center for Integrated Facility Engineering
Lobby Exhibit
Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.
Construction Manager
Dome Construction Corporation
Photography
Misha Bruk, Bruce Diamonte, Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects, Google Earth
Videography
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects