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This design for a new, sustainable, state-of-the-art applied sciences campus south of the Queensboro Bridge on Roosevelt Island reflects the cross-disciplinary ethos of Stanford’s unique community of thinkers and entrepreneurs addresses the University’s programmatic requirements and pedagogical intentions and creates a memorable sense of place.

Challenges and Opportunities

How do we integrate 1.87 Million SF into New York City and deliver a cutting edge, unified campus for Stanford University?
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Predicated on the dissolution of the traditional purity of academic disciplines and on the corresponding notion that discovery and innovation occur across what once had been boundaries, the integrated architecture and landscape strategy for Roosevelt Island creates places for “productive collisions” among innovators. 

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The campus is conceived as a series of translational strands – buildings, esplanades, promenades, courtyards, green roofs – that support the essential activities of exploration and innovation: research, teaching, living, playing, creating. As they intertwine, intersect and interact, the strands reinforce and enrich one another, creating a new physical model in which scholarship and entrepreneurship can thrive. 

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Referencing the Manhattan city grid across the river, these “strands” are segmented and reoriented to maximize access to daylight, solar orientation, circulation, and entrance points. These segments are then joined by a continuous campus connector called “the River”.

Each architectural strand represents an element of the campus program, e.g. laboratory, office / amenity, faculty and student housing and incubator. In the interstices created by intertwining strands are both indoor atria and outdoor spaces of various sizes and types. 

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The scale and density of the campus take their cues from Roosevelt Island and the dense urban fabric of the surrounding New York City boroughs, and the massing is directed toward maximizing daylighting, natural ventilation and reducing solar heat gain. 

Overall Axon
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New York, NY
1,875,000 GSF
Laboratories, Offices, Faculty and Student Housing and Amenities, Incubator Space


Ennead 团队
Richard Olcott, Timothy Hartung, Molly McGowan, Amina Blacksher, Christina Ciardullo, Aimee St. Germain, Yu Inamoto, Christopher James, Wanlika Kaewkamchand, Kate Mann, Brian Masuda, Lois Mate, Alex O'Briant, Jarrett Pelletier, Jacob Reidel, Yong Kyun Roh, Melissa Sarko


  • 2011
    • Lapin, Lisa. “Stanford submits plans for applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City” (, 11/26/2011)