Nearly two years after receiving a $50 million gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos, Columbia has unveiled the designs for the new medical school building that their donation will help fund.
The sleek, eye-catching building was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and its executive architect will be the architecture firm Gensler. DS+R's Elizabeth Diller called the building "a vertical landscape, a vertical living room," telling the New York Times that it was “a great opportunity to think about an educational building that had a different kind of logic and take advantage of a fantastically small footprint.”
The $68-million facility will be located on Haven Avenue and 171st Street, two and a half blocks north of the Columbia University Medical Center's main campus, and will be used primarily for classroom and training space. (See our April story for more details about the new facilities). The designs for the building were released on Wednesday.
Construction won't begin until early next year and is expected to last about three and a half years, according to CUMC. For now, take a look at some colorful renderings after the jump.