Renowned across the globe, Columbia University has an absolutely enchanting campus along with brilliant teaching methods. Setting exceptional education standards, the campus now has a new medical building- the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center will be house programs undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons.
The medical center is planned by the famous architecture company from New York- the Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. The building is a 14 storey glass floored tower with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River. The glass windows signify a connection between the students and their environment.
While designing the element of the building, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro went with a ‘study cascade’ approach in their mind to emphasize on the link between students and social spaces. The center has a ground-to-top flight of steps,modern advanced classrooms and co-working spaces. There are simulation centers too where medical classes are conducted exemplarily.
Popular businessman and philanthropist Sudhir Choudhrie is well recognised for his contributions all around the world. He has been associated with Columbia University for a long time, and recently contributed by building the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a social living space for medical students offering them respite from the usual mundane routines at the campus. He also donated a big sum of $2.5 million to set up the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro are recognized for their designs with absolute discretion. Giving immense importance to the medical center, they turned the building into a nature friendly space by installing shades to optimize solar gain, green roof top technologies to reduce the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and vegetation all around to trim down the irrigation needs at the campus.