Hoover Institution

Location: Washington, DC
Project Size: 12,000 SF

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, political economy, and international affairs. With its world-renowned group of scholars and ongoing programs of policy-oriented research, the Hoover Institution puts its accumulated knowledge to work as a prominent contributor to the world marketplace of ideas defining a free society. 

FOX Architects was tasked with the design of the Hoover Institution's new space in Washington, DC, The Johnson Center. The goal was to create a workplace that reflected Hoover's core values, to showcase the institution's rich history and to facilitate a greater Washington, DC presence for the organization. Branding elements throughout the space were focused to depict the Hoover Institution's identity. Motifs from Stanford's campus were created in glass film to link the DC space back to the roots of the organization. Interchanging art walls along main circulation paths provide a blank canvas for a gallery of posters from the Hoover Library and Archives collection. To create space for the institution’s public functions, FOX incorporated a conference center at the primary corner of the building with moveable walls, a large breakout space and a state of the art AV system. Premium views and the relatively tall ceiling heights for DC, make The Johnson Center an impressive space to be in day or night. 

The design incorporated a mix of many dynamic materials to create a timeless and elegant space. The use of dark eucalyptus veneer and high contrast black oak flooring help to ground the modern materials of stainless steel and glass. Sandstone rustic cladding feature walls at the conference spaces link back to the iconic sandstone on Stanford’s campus. Comprised of mostly closed perimeter offices, FOX proposed a linear textured glass to allow natural light to spill into the core but give privacy for heads down research. The space positions the institution to more effectively expand their Silicon Valley roots in the rich political landscape of Washington DC.