Columbia University Medical Centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

A glass façade will allow natural light to enter, while reminding students to take a break and enjoy fresh air.

NEW YORK – Columbia University has revealed the plans for its new medical and graduate education building.

The concept – which is said to reflect 21st century medicine – has been designed by New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. Amongst the structure’s 14 stories will be tech-savvy classrooms, group meeting spaces, a model simulation centre, plus it’s planned to all be LEED Gold certified.

The architects say the design strategy is based on ‘study cascades,’ or a network of social and study spaces throughout the building. It will create a sense of cohesiveness while encouraging team-based learning and teaching.

The building will be located on the CUMC campus in the Washington Heights neighbourhood. Construction is set to begin in early 2013 and it’s scheduled to be realized by mid-2017.

Renderings courtesy of CUMC

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