Columbia University Medical Center’s new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, will open to faculty and students on August 15, 2016 for the start of the fall term. Designed by the New York-based interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, the Vagelos Education Center is a 100,000-square-foot, 14-story glass tower that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center to reflect how medicine is taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century. The design seeks to reshape the look and feel of the Medical Center campus, and also create spaces that facilitate the development of skills essential for modern medical practice.
▽ 建筑外观，external view
▽ 从东南角看14层的玻璃塔楼，view of the 14- story glass tower from south east corner
▽ 南立面图及室外空间景观，exterior view of the south facade and West Court
In addition to the new Vagelos Education Center, initiatives to revitalize the campus include increasing green space, creating a new gateway to the medical school, consolidating student services, renovating several existing buildings, and constructing new spaces, including the new home for the Columbia School of Nursing. The Vagelos Education Center will help define the northern edge of the campus and provide a bridge to the surrounding Washington Heights community.
▽ 建筑与周边区域，building and its surrounding area
DS+R的创始合伙人Elizabeth Diller说，“空间对于结构化学习和非正式学习都非常重要。为了支持哥伦比亚大学崭露头角的医学教育事业，我们设计了一个有团队合作专用空间的建筑。Study Cascade－一个各种尺寸竖向楼梯相连的14层交通空间成为了建筑的主角，引人注目而又实用，兼顾私密性和公共性，室内外空间处理得恰到好处。
The Vagelos Education Center is a 14-story glass, concrete, and steel structure anchored by a network of social and study spaces distributed along an exposed, interconnected vertical staircase that extends the height of the building—known as the “Study Cascade”—and encompasses 100,000 square feet of advanced medical and scientific facilities. The alcove interiors of the Study Cascade, designed to be conducive to collaborative, team-based learning and teaching, open onto south-facing outdoor spaces and terraces.
“Space matters for structured and informal learning,” said Elizabeth Diller, founding partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro. “To support Columbia’s progressive medical education program, we designed a building that will nurture collaboration. Its defining feature is the Study Cascade–a 14-story network of vertically linked spaces in a variety of sizes, both focused and social, private and communal, indoors and out.”
▽ 贯穿14层的交通空间，Study Cascade
▽ 兼有社交空间和学习空间的Study Cascade, the social and study spaces that comprise the study cascade
▽ Study Cascade,解剖实验室和周边建筑的多功能活动中心的夜景, dusk view of study cascade stairs, anatomy lab, and multi purpose event space from adjacent building｜
▽ Study Cascade内部楼梯，study cascade stair
Other key elements of the design include:
Ground floor lobby and café, which adjoin a “study bar” with views of the Palisades
Student Commons, which features a café, computer work area and computer labs
Advanced clinical simulation center, a specialized space for mock examination rooms, clinics and operating rooms
Multi-purpose auditorium, a 275-seat flexible space used for campus-wide events such as lectures, screenings and concerts
“Academic Neighborhoods,” groups of classrooms that can be configured according to need by operable partitions, drop down screens and large-scale multi-user touch screens, suspended ceilings, and distributed power and data at the floor
South and West Courts, outdoor spaces featuring local plant species
Anatomy Quad, a flexible learning space with integrated screens and task lighting
▽ 265座礼堂和室外露台, 265 seat auditorium and exterior terrace
▽ 可以欣赏到城市全景的解剖实验室, anatomy lab with panoramic views of the city
“The Vagelos Education Center started with a clear vision as a place of excellence for higher learning that would also act as a much needed social center,” said Maddy Burke-Vigeland AIA, Principal at Gensler. “Because of everyone’s deep involvement, it has transformed into something that exceeds even those high expectations: a vibrant new hub for Columbia’s Medical Center campus.”
DS+R’s design takes advantage of an incredible view of the Hudson River and the Palisades. The building also integrates a range of sustainable features—including locally sourced materials, green roof technologies, and an innovative mechanical system that minimizes energy and water use—and the façade features ceramic “frit” patterns that are baked onto the exterior glass to diffuse sunlight. All new construction and renovation projects—including the Vagelos Education Center—work toward the goal of minimizing CUMC’s carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025.
▽ 建筑夜景，evening view
▽ 内部空间格局，internal organization
▽ 材料设计，technical and material description
Drawings: Diller Scofidio+Renfro
English Text: Diller Scofidio+Renfro
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