Stanford University Denning House

Stanford, California
United States

Transforming a former parking lot and taking advantage of the existing dense landscaping, the Denning House was designed with a retreat-like “tree house” feel in mind. Fostering collaborative exchanges, the building provides gathering spaces for students of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program to network, converse and explore, in addition to conference spaces and administrative offices. Highlighting the materiality of the mass timber building, the seamless integration of elegant white light solutions illuminates the natural feel of the building and site.

The subtle integration of light and architecture provides a sense of transparency, minimizing any barriers between the indoor and outdoor experience. At night, low levels of warm illumination along the floating pathway and deck create a welcoming fire-side feel. Once inside, students enjoy casual yet thought-provoking gathering spaces, both beautiful and practical in design.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Higher Education
  • 18,000 sq.ft. | 1,672 sq.m.
  • Ennead Architects
  • Tim Griffith