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© Iwan Baan Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
© Iwan Baan Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
© Iwan Baan Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
© Iwan Baan Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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Roy & Diana Vagelos Education Center

New York US
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
2016

Type

University

Tags

high rise buildings, university campus , made by women, Columbia Campus

Visitability

Visitable

Description

Located in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the 10,000 square-meter Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center is part of the Columbia University Medical Center. Completed in 2016, the building reflects a paradigm shift in medical education from passive, lecture-based instruction to team-based problem solving, while simultaneously responding to the site’s narrow footprint and tapered zoning envelope. In contrast to the traditional, institutional nature of medical education buildings—characterized by low-slung ceilings, densely-packed programs, and double-loaded corridors— the 14-story glass tower’s ‘Study Cascade’ extends campus activity along the south elevation of the building with a diverse network of social and study spaces for informal learning and collaboration. The wide array of spaces—which include exterior terraces, a stepped lounge, individual study spaces, and a 275-seat auditorium—also produce oversized, occupiable landings on a continuous staircase that connects the activities of all four of Columbia’s medical schools. As a counterpart, the north elevation is dedicated to more controlled, specialized learning spaces that include flexible classrooms, anatomy laboratories, and a simulation center. These include both cadaver and simulation-based examination rooms designed to foster empathy for patients and precision through robotic training. The Cascade, in combination with the specialized classrooms and labs, offers students and faculty a range of spatial experiences, with opportunities to work alone or in groups, in public or behind closed doors, in light or shadow, during school hours or any other time of day or night.(Description provided by the architects)