Columbia University is recognized for its excellent education methods and a beautiful lush green campus. Keeping up with the good standards of education, the university unveiled a new medical building at the campus- Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. The building is a new center built for the programs undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons.
Constructed by a renowned architecture firm from New York – Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, it has a 14 glass storey floored tower which has a mesmerizing view of the Hudson River. There are glass windows which suggest the seamless connection between the students and the environment, as per Diller and Renfro.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro always wanted to incorporate the ‘study cascade’ theory to show a connection between the social spaces and the studies. The building stands as an architectural marvel, featuring a ground-to-top staircase which has modern looking classrooms, co-working spaces and exceptional simulation centers that state the quality of medical classes conducted at the campus clearly.
Sudhir Choudhrie, a renowned philanthropist has contributed enormously at Columbia University in the previous years and this time he helped in building the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a social space for medical students who require taking a break from the mundane routines. He also gave $2.5 million previously to sponsor the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro have been known for their immaculate designs and vivid ideas, and this is the prime reason of their popularity. While journeying through the making of the medical center, they ensured that the space is nature friendly. For this, they installed shades to optimize solar gain, used green roof top technologies to cut down the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and planted vegetation to decrease the irrigation needs.