David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University

David Rumsey Map Center Stanford University Building, Green Library, Images

David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University

New San Francisco Building, California, USA – by Noll & Tam Architects

Jul 6, 2018

David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University

Design: Noll & Tam Architects

Location: Stanford University, San Francisco, USA

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

David Rumsey Map Center
Green Library, Stanford University
Stanford, California

The project renovated the fourth floor of Stanford University’s Green Library to house David Rumsey’s rare map collection.

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

Photos: David Wakely Photography

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

The collection was started in the mid 1980s and contains more than 150,000 maps, and includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials. The 3,975 square-foot space showcases Mr. Rumsey’s collection and his dedication to providing an accessible and interactive experience through visualization and geospatial technologies.

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

The design weaves together the stunning visual impact of the maps into the experience of the built environment. To reach the Center, the visitor ascends three flights of stairs from the library rotunda. The stairwells are wrapped floor-to-ceiling in maps—from an isometric map of Manhattan to a map depicting the heights and lengths of the world’s mountains and rivers.

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

Inside the Center, glass doors are decorated with white digital prints of maps. On the east wall, a custom display presents the Popple Map (1733), the first large scale map of North America, and one of the signature artifacts of the collection. The design allows for incredible versatility of the exhibits, with two 16’ x 8’ walls of uninterrupted display, cases that allow globes to be exhibited and easily interchanged, and custom-made shelving and casework to house the collection.

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

To make the technological element of the collection accessible to researches and laypersons alike, there are two large touch screens (7’x12’ and 9’x16’), which allows users to create, overlay, and visualize cartographic materials through technology that encourages interdisciplinary cross-fertilization of research. It is the university’s goal that this center’s physical materials and data-based tools will forge new paths of study and instruction in the cartographic and geospatial realm.

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University – Building Information

Noll & Tam Architects Team
Chris Noll, FAIA – Principal in Charge
Ned Reifenstein, AIA – Project Manager
Jason Barish – Lead Designer
Trina Goodwin – Interiors Architect

David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University David Rumsey Map Center at Green Library, Stanford University

Project Team
Architecture : Noll & Tam Architects
Structural Engineer: Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering, Inc.
Lighting: Interface Engineering, Inc.
Interior designer: Trina Goodwin, Noll & Tam Architects
Acoustical Engineer: Charles M Salter Associates, Inc.
AV: Charles M Salter Associates, Inc.
Contractor: Charles M Salter Associates, Inc.

Photography
David Wakely Photography; Wayne Vanderkuil/Stanford Libraries

Photos below: Wayne Vanderkuil/Stanford Libraries

David Rumsey Map Center Stanford University

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Address: 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

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