Renowned across the globe for their exceptional education system and beautiful lush green campus, the Columbia University has a new addition to their infrastructure- Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. The centre is a medical school built for the programs undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons.
Construction of the new center was undertaken by a renowned architecture firm from New York namely- Diller, Scofidio and Renfro.
The medical center has a 14 glass storey floored tower which also has an amazing view of the Hudson River. There are glass windows which designate the seamless connection between the students and the environment, as per Diller and Renfro.
While making the architecture plan, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro derived inspiration from ‘study cascade’ theory to show a link between the social spaces and studies. There is also a ground-to-top staircase, advanced classrooms, co-working spaces and brilliant modern simulation centers that clearly indicate about the quality of medical classes conducted at the campus.
A well known businessman and philanthropist- Sudhir Choudhrie has been long linked with Columbia University for his contributions. He recently donated toward the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a typical space for medical students who want to revive their energy in the midst of busy hours. He also donated previously to sponsor the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
Diller, Scofidio and Renfro are chiefly known for their great designs. For the medical center too, they gave much attention to the entire design element of the building. The building is environment friendly. For example- solar gain was optimized through shading, use of green roof top technologies increased to cut down the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and vegetation was planted to reduce the irrigation needs.