Known globally for exceptional education standards, Columbia University is one of the best institutions. A beautiful green campus and coveted teaching methods is everything that a student needs. Recently the campus got an additional medical building, built by a popular New York based firm- Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. A considerate step taken by the University, the new medical building aims to house medical programs for the medical students, physicians and surgeons at the campus.
The building is a 14-floor glass tower with a striking view of River Hudson. With the glass windows around, there is a seamless connection between the students and the environment- as mentioned by the Diller, Renfro firm.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro meticulously planned the whole design element of the building and incorporated a strategy called, ‘study cascade’ to show the link between the social space and the study area with a ground to top level staircase. Not only this, there are progressive classrooms, co-working spaces and modern simulation centers in the building to effectively impart medical education.
Sudhir Choudhrie, a renowned philanthropist and businessman, has been long associated with Columbia University for his contributions at the University. He built the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge at the campus site for medical students. Choudhrie is also known to have donated an amount of $2.5 million to set up the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the medical premises.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro are famous for their brilliant ideas and approach of details. This time while designing this medical center, they installed shades to maximize solar power, fitted green roof top technologies to reduce heat generated by urban asphalt and concrete and planted vegetation to cut down irrigation requirements.