With one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, there are big shoes to fill when it comes to designing a new building for Stanford University. Ennead Architects took the challenge in stride when they were asked to design the William H Neukom Building, the new focal point for the university's law school. The architects implemented a number of strategies into the design, including measures to reduce the building's carbon footprint and to lower energy use to one-third of what a typical California building would use. Organized around a central landscaped courtyard, the Neukom Building is stoic enough for the quintessential law experience, but remains open and welcoming to students and visitors.
Opening just in time for the law school commencement in May, the Neukom Building will serve as the new focal point for the law students and faculty. The 65,000 sq ft building is composed of four, three-story wings surrounding a central landscaped courtyard called the Faculty Garden — a shaded outdoor “living room” that accommodates social events, chance meetings, and a private study. Inside, the student and faculty center holds seminar rooms, a law clinic, faculty offices, the Dean’s suite, and meeting and lounge rooms.
As part of the University’s sustainability initiatives, a number of green building strategies were incorporated in order to keep the building’s carbon footprint low. Ennead Architects made sure to maximize energy efficiency, as well as to reduce water consumption through energy and water efficient systems. They also aimed to create a healthy working environment through the use of natural ventilation and abundant daylight. Ample bike parking is provided for the many students and faculty who travel around the campus via bicycle. The circulation route also links the residential and academic districts.
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