Next fall Stanford University will add a new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the interdisciplinary design studio based out of New York, that will house its department of art and art history as well as its art and architecture library. Like many other DS+R creations, the $85 million structure will be sleek and transparent, taking the minimalist form of two interlocking strands that connect around a vaulted central library which resembles a “floating” glass box. It will be named the Burt & Deedee McMurtry Building, after its donors.
Part of Stanford’s burgeoning arts district, located at the entrance to its campus, the new building was designed with collaboration and transparency in mind. The 100,000-square-foot space will unite the making and studying of art under one roof, with students studying art history working directly alongside those creating art, design, and film.
“The McMurtry Building allows us to imagine new and different ways of teaching,” said Nancy J. Troy, the chair of the department of art and art history, in a statement released to press. “Now, we and our students have an opportunity to rethink customary practices. The design features of the space encourage all of us to engage with one another in new and intensive ways, enhancing our methods, scholarship, and creative processes.”