The Columbia University is honored for its excellent education methods for students and a lavish green campus all around the globe. It recently got a new addition to the campus- Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center – a medical center built for the programs undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons.
The new center has been designed by a popular architecture company from New York, namely Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. It has a 14 glass storey floors that has a striking view of the Hudson River. There are glass windows that symbolise a seamless connection between the students and the environment, as per Diller and Renfro.
While formulating the whole architecture plan, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro stated the ‘study cascade’ theory to be able to show a connection between the social spaces and the studies. There is also a ground-to-top staircase, which has modern classrooms, co-working spaces and brilliant simulation centers that clearly specify about the excellence of medical classes conducted at the campus.
Renowned philanthropist and businessman Sudhir Choudhrie has been long linked with Columbia University for his contributions towards it. He built the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a space for medical students to take a break from the busy hours. He also donated an enormous sum of $2.5 million for the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro who are known for their fine designs and creative ideas journeyed through the medical center’s design element by turning it into an environment friendly space. For example- solar gain was enhanced through installing shades, green roof top technologies’ was used to trim down the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and vegetation was planted to reduce the irrigation needs.