The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, political economy, and international affairs. The FOX Architects team was tasked to design the Institution’s new space, 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.
The FOX Architects team designed sandstone rustic cladding accent walls as a nod to the iconic Stanford campus roots. The team also proposed dark eucalyptus veneer and high-contrast black oak flooring to help ground more modern materials. Keeping with the client’s vision integrity, the design team balanced a state-of-the-art conference center AV system with linear textured glass in the office hallways to allow natural light to spill into the core for a timeless and elegant expression of space. The new space not only accommodates visiting fellows, but the flexible conference area hosts groups of scholars and speakers.
The Hoover Institution’s new space reflects its core values while also positioning the institution in the rich political landscape of Washington DC.