Stanford Residence | Stanford, CA


Project Details

Client: Private

Date: 2016

A new guest house for long term visitors is located on a sloping site with impressive views south to the campus and a number of heritage size Coast Live Oaks. Several of the neighboring homes are architecturally significant buildings from the early twentieth-century including the 1920 Hoover House which is the official residence of the University President and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hana House. The strong design legacy of the neighborhood provided cues for the new home and garden.Field Stone walls and large mossy boulders were placed to manage grade change
and create spaces. The site was subtly contoured to better manage storm water. A loose naturalistic garden of predominantly native plants with meandering paths and a generously scaled terrace with a wisteria covered arbor recalls the Craftsman aesthetic of the early twentieth-century. Seasonal change was highlighted by flowers and foliage. Native Douglas Iris, Classic Calla Lily, and Dogwood announce springtime while the deep red leaves of Trident Maple and Virginia Creeper mark the transition to autumn with Stanford's colors.