Windhover Contemplative Center
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Principal in Charge: Andrea Cochran
Landscape Architect/Project Manager: Megumi Aihara
Client: Stanford University
The Windhover Contemplative Center, named for a series of paintings by artist Nathan Oliveira, offers a spiritual respite on the Stanford campus. Using Oliveira’s art as a vehicle for personal renewal, the center provides a place for students, faculty and staff to decompress and re-center themselves. The design capitalizes on the building’s unique context—adjacent to an existing oak woodland—to provide a series of spaces that allow visitors to experience Oliveira’s paintings in concert with an inspiring natural setting. An integrative approach to building and landscape shaped nearly every aspect of the design, from the carefully choreographed entry sequence; to the visual and physical permeability between the interior and exterior spaces; to the interplay between the building materials, light, and shadow. Windhover represents a new typology for institutional design, offering a lush, green sanctuary within a bustling campus and a unique way to experience art and nature.