“ . . . liked that there were building entrances on all sides . . . established campus connections . . . continuing unity from the main quad was great . . . the landscape was impressive . . . the richness of the varieties made it very interesting . . .”
The open space design fulfills many goals: a balance of native, sustainable landscape with paving that creates a respite and a place for the desired outdoor uses; a re-interpretation of the design of the historic quad, using similar elements in a more contemporary way that provides for casual use and formal identity; and the relationship to below grade architectural spaces, giving light and access to the lower level of meeting, learning and office spaces. Stanford’s mission of innovative, multi-disciplinary research and education is supported by the new quad which facilitates exchange and gives a common ground for many programs to come together and share space, ideas, old and new traditions. The mission of the quad exposes its students to the liberal arts and the broader culture of the university and the world. There is a distinct sense of place and identity for the specific schools that frame the quad – for the first time in campus history, and they use and embrace the quad in ever evolving ways. The quad establishes a distinct character for the science and engineering buildings that frame it, creating a campus destination that is unique within the historic campus, responsive to the historic context and a departure from the traditionally formal spaces. The landscape – in contrast to the historic Main Quad – is useable, with shady terraces and lawn mounds for seating and gathering, paved plaza areas for outdoor dining and pedestrian flow; and responsive to climate and environmental conditions with a rich palette of native plants.
“The team elected to not pursue LEED at the time of the planning because chasing the points did not always lead to the most sustainable decisions for the university who had a more regional approach to most issues. The project was awarded LEED Platinum based on overall performance,” says Cathy Deino Blake, Director of Campus Planning and Design.
Hargreaves Associates; also Bora Architects, Arup