Stanford University’s Hoover Institution is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, political economy, and international affairs. Stanford University hired FOX Architects to design the Institution’s new home in Washington, DC: The Johnson Center. Our goals were to showcase the Institution’s rich history, facilitate a greater local presence for the organization, and support their daily needs with a custom-designed work environment.
One of our design goals was to connect Hoover Institution’s Washington, DC space to its roots at Stanford University. We created a custom glass film with motifs from Stanford’s campus and integrated sandstone cladding accent walls, reminiscent of the campus landscape. Interchangeable art walls provide a blank canvas for posters from the Hoover Library and Archives collection.
We chose a mix of dynamic materials for an elegant aesthetic. Dark eucalyptus veneer and high-contrast black oak flooring provide character and ground modern materials such as stainless steel and glass.
The conference center is equipped with integrated technologies, a large breakout space, and movable walls for a variety of events, accommodating visiting fellows, scholars, and speakers.
The Hoover Institution’s new space has bolstered their public profile and thought leadership, enabling the Institution to share their expertise by bringing visitors into their beautiful, new facilities.