Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University – Part II: Light & Space

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is filled with light and a sense of space that is apparent from the moment you enter the main lobby.

The original late-19th century building features skylights that bring in direct natural illumination without washing out or upstaging the art..

The late-20th century addition features a long, light-filled corridor that looks out over an interior courtyard.

There’s a corridor right above it on the second floor as well.

Both corridors have places to sit and look out into the courtyard: wonderful relief for the eye and spirit.

The second floor features an outdoor sculpture terrace.

The grounds offer a spacious and inviting sculpture garden… 

… that is visible from an interior staircase (along with the mountains, on a clear day):

Altogether, the Cantor is extremely successful in bringing the outside inside, and thus providing the mental and spiritual refreshment that is such an important component of comfort in public spaces.


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3 Responses to “Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University – Part II: Light & Space”

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  2. Kathy H. Says:

    One additional pleasant feature of the Cantor Arts Center is the indoor/ outdoor cafe facing a spacious lawn. Good food and plenty of chairs and tables, with umbrellas for sunny days. The setting is low key, quiet, and a good place to enjoy iced tea and discuss the exhibits.

    Oh, and you left out an important feature of this museum — it is free! It is refreshing to have a place where we can visit on the spur of the moment, without having to check our budget. We live in San Francisco, but we visit here more often than we go to the de Young Museum.

    The exhibits are original and able to focus on artwork that does not have to bring in crowds to pay its way.

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