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Diller Scofidio and Renfro's New Columbia Building Unveiled!

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Architects Diller Scofidio and Renfro were tapped last year to design two buildings for Columbia's business school. It turns out they're also designing one for the medical school on Columbia's Washington Heights campus. A tipster alerted us that the first renderings of the design are up on the medical school's website. DS+R worked with Gensler on the building design, and the 14-story glass tower will include classrooms (high-tech, of course), "collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center." We're not sure exactly what that means (the Columbia site says it will allow "hands-on learning in realistic settings"), but that's probably why we're bloggers, not doctors. The 42-month construction process will begin in early 2013.

The building will also include a terrace with views of the Hudson River?very important for the acquisition of medical knowledge?and places for people to "relax and have coffee." A bit more about the design:

"The design centralizes all social and public spaces in a vertical stack at the south face of the building. This continuous space features a multi-story glass façade that maximizes light and offers exceptional views to the south. The interiors of the study cascade – a system of special alcoves reserved for social interaction – are complemented by outdoor gathering spaces and terraces that are clad in cement panels, wood, and other materials. In addition to serving as the principal design element for the building, the transparent façade of the study cascade is designed to serve as a visual landmark at the northern limit of Columbia University's medical campus. The northern face of the building houses space for classrooms, clinical simulation and administrative space."

And here's that in a more visual form:

· CUMC Unveils Design for New Medical and Graduate Education Building [ps.columbia.edu]
· Columbia University Expansion [Curbed]

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