Columbia University’s medical education has long been recognized as delivering top class education! It has garnered praise over the years in terms of its teaching and study methods along with a big campus for the students.
The campus recently had a makeover and now has an additional medical building at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. This houses programmes undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons. This new living space has been planned by a celebrated architecture firm from New York – Diller, Scofidio and Renfro.
The building has a 14-storey glass floor tower with a beautiful view of the Hudson River. According to Diller, Renfro firm, these glass windows symbolize a subtle connection between the students and their environment. While brainstorming for the design element, Diller, Scofidio and Renfer had a ‘study cascade’ strategy in their mind wherein they wanted students to have a link with the social spaces.
There is a ground-to-top staircase that has big classrooms and co-working spaces. With contemporary simulation centers, medical classes are conducted exemplarily at the campus!
A famous philanthropist and businessman, Sudhir Choudhrie has been associated with Columbia University for his contributions and is known to have helped in building the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a social community like space for medical students who want a break from the boring routine at the campus. He donated a sum of $2.5 million previously to set up the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
Previously while working, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro have been very particular about the design. Similarly, this time, they gave significant importance to the entire design element of the building to serve environment related purposes. They optimized solar gain through shading, the use of green roof top technologies to reduce the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and planting vegetation to trim down the irrigation needs.