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Stanford University - Windhover Contemplative Center

Windhover Contemplative Center offers students and other visitors a respite for meditation, relaxation and quiet reflection on the campus of Stanford University. The building houses five paintings in the Windhover series by painter and former faculty member Nathan Oliveira. It was his dream to create a respite space to exhibit the work. Oliveria taught at Stanford for more than 30 years, but he passed away before the start of the project.

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Stanford University – Windhover Contemplative Center


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At night, the transparency of the building is most evident from the exterior, with artwork and landscape combining to create a meditative view.

Project Details


Palo Alto, California


Stanford University


Architectural Lighting


4,000 SF


Aidlin Darling Design (Architect) / ACLA (Landscape Architect)

Photo Credit

© Matthew Millman


Interior & Site Lighting




2017, American Society of Landscape Architects, Award of Honor
2016, American Institute of Architects, National Chapter, Interiors category, Honor Award
2016, Civic Trust Awards, Winner
2016, Illuminating Engineering Society San Francisco Section, First Place, Award of Honor
2016, Interior Design Magazine, Outdoors category, Best of the Year Award
2015, AIA/San Francisco, Design Awards, Citation Award
2015, American Institute of Architects, California Council, Merit Award
2015, American Society of Landscape Architects, Northern California Chapter, Design Merit Award
2015 IIDA National Chapter, 42nd Interior Design Competition, Winner and Best of Competition
2015, Interior Design Magazine, Interior Design Best of Year Awards, Winner, Outdoors - Best of Year Award
2015, International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter Honor Award
2015, Society of American Architects, Award of Excellence
2015, Society of American Architects, Best of the Best Award
2015, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, American Architecture Award