Stanford University Lyman Graduate Residences

Palo Alto, CA

The buildings of this 224-bed student housing project shape the landscape. They create a sequence of outdoor rooms that celebrate the site's climate, changing light, and native oak trees.

At one edge of the complex, the southern building wraps around a 60-foot-high oak tree to create a quiet, contemplative space. The central Commons Building incorporates another large oak tree as a natural "dome" above a circular wooden deck. Community rooms surround the deck and open onto it. The subtle curve of the northern building cradles a large, open green space. Three-story chain-link scrims line the western and southern facades, providing sun protection and modulating building scale.

  • AIA California Council Residential, Merit Award for Architecture
  • Client: Stanford University
  • Size: 108,000 sq. ft.

  • Team: Charlie Stott, Project Architect for LMS Architects

  • Photographer: Richard Barnes