|Stanford University selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design new Burton and Deedee McMurtry Building for the arts|
|Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:31|
To be located adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford's visual arts museum, the McMurtry Building will house state-of-the-art studios, screening spaces and classrooms, along with the Art and Architecture Library and gallery space for displaying student work. The building design process will take into consideration the various space needs, as well as logistical issues regarding the site and existing structures. Portland-based Boora Architects has been selected as the executive architect. Boora is the architect on the recently completed Graduate School of Business campus and the Science and Engineering Quad. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.
“The arts play a vital role in fostering the culture of creativity that defines life at Stanford,” said President John L. Hennessy. “We are very grateful to Burt and Deedee McMurtry for their magnificent gift in support of this new facility. It will increase student engagement in the arts and serve as a catalyst for innovation throughout the university."
"Diller Scofidio + Renfro's creative process of exploration, experimentation and informed risk-taking resonates with Stanford's core values, making the firm an ideal partner for this project," said Burt McMurtry.
The Stanford Arts Initiative, launched in 2006, comprises significant investments in the arts across campus, including the creation and endowment of new arts facilities, faculty positions and graduate fellowships, and academic and extracurricular programs designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitate arts experiences across campus.
To date, over $250 million has been raised for the initiative, including funding for the new 844-seat Bing Concert Hall. This state-of-the-art performance venue, designed by Ennead Architects and set to open in January 2013, joins the Cantor Arts Center, the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Memorial Auditorium and Pigott Theater as part of the Arts District in ongoing development in the heart of the Stanford campus.
"By bringing together all our visual arts programs in close proximity to the Cantor Arts Center, the McMurtry Building will promote the kind of exchange that sparks creativity and innovation," said Nancy J. Troy, chair of the Department of Art and Art History. "The building also gives us the resources we need to serve Stanford students' ever-increasing desire to incorporate art-making into their educational experience."
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. The design studio was founded in New York City by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio; Charles Renfro was made a partner in 2004. Both Diller and Scofidio are recipients of the MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, which recognized their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture. They were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and named among Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2009. Other prestigious honors received by DS+R include the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and numerous Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.
DS+R's current projects include the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and a new facility for the Columbia Business School in New York City. The firm recently completed the new Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, as well as the redesign of Alice Tully Hall and the renovation and expansion of the Juilliard School, both part of the firm's work for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:32|