The Columbia University is an amazing institution with extremely good education standards and a lush green campus. Known around the world, the University now has an additional center for the medical students, physicians and surgeons at the campus participating in the programs at the University.
The new medical center is called the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center and has been built by famous New York based company- Diller, Renfro, Scofidio. The center has 14 floors that are made of glass, with an enchanting view of river Hudson. Diller and Renfro state that the windows are glass made to show a seamless connection between the students and the environment.
The architecture of the center was part of a carefully devised plan that Diller, Scofidio and Renfro worked on. They constructed the ‘study cascade’ theory in the center to show the connection between the social spaces and the academics. There is a ground-to-top staircase, advanced classrooms, co-working spaces and modern simulation centers at the medical center that indicate the good quality of medical classes’ conduction.
Sudhir Choudhrie, famous philanthropist and businessman, has been associated with Columbia University for his contributions. He built the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge at the campus site for medical students. The lounge is a living space for students for some leisure and break from repetitive routine. He also donated $2.5 million to fund the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
The trio – Diller, Scofidio and Renfro are known for their ethereal ideas and dainty designs. And for the medical center, the design element was meticulously decided to employ the best benefits out of it. Making it an environmental friendly space, the center has shades to maximize the effect of solar gain. Moreover, green top techniques have been adopted to reduce heat generated by asphalt and concrete. Lastly, vegetation was planted to cut down the irrigation needs at the campus.