The Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building is many things: a center for interdisciplinary study, a research facility, a sustainable building. But most signiﬁcantly, it is a symbol of Stanford University’s commitment to interdependent systems – and the recognition that these systems are academic, ecological, technological, and social.
The building is organized by four atria each oriented toward a speciﬁc area of inquiry – water, energy, earth sciences and the built environment. Additionally, each atria is color-coded to assist in orientation and wayﬁnding.
A data-rich diagram illustrates how principal investigators and their projects are connected to multiple disciplines. This diagram is enlarged to a height of four stories, then superimposed onto satellite images of the sun, ocean, earth and an American city. The mural is color-coded, divided into four atria, and wrapped onto acoustical panels.
architectural photography: Tim Grifﬁth