Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with architecture firm Gensler, have unveiled their plans for a spectacular new building at Columbia University Medical Center in Washington Heights, New York. The 14-story Medical and Graduate Education building will become a major landmark in the skyline of northern Manhattan, with a multi-story glass façade that allows you to see much of what's happening inside.
The building will feature technology-enabled classrooms, operating rooms, and other real world clinical environments, collaborative and quiet study spaces, an auditorium, student lounges and cafes, and multiple outdoor spaces. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and will take approximately three and a half years. Columbia hopes the building will meet LEED-Gold standards for sustainability.
“It’s like a vertical landscape, a vertical living room," explains Elizabeth Diller. “Spaces for education and socializing are intertwined to encourage new forms of collaborative learning among students and faculty."
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