Posts Tagged ‘Stanford Art Museum’

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

March 14, 2010

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.


Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University – Part 1: Seating

March 9, 2010

The Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford is one of our favorite art museums in the Bay Area. For starters, it’s free. It’s in a beautiful location. The building is great – a successful late 20th century updating and expansion of a lovely early 20th century classical temple of art. And it’s got seating everywhere. Atrium and lobby benches…


Chairs to lounge in and look out over campus…

Gallery seating that’s appropriate to the art (i.e. Barcelona chairs in with 20th century art)…

Comfortable sofas with arms…

Small benches placed here and there, making best use of limited space…

And places to hang out outside in the abundant Palo Alto sun.

Altogether a most comfortable, welcoming space.

Next up: Cantor Center’s use of light and space.