New York’s skyline is constantly changing, never allowing the architecture or the city to remain stagnant for very long. One of the most talked about new additions to the cityscape is the Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University. The Center opened its doors for the first time a few week ago and is a creation of a collaboration by the design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the architectural firm Gensler. Utilizing both geometric shapes and lines drawn in random patterns, they’ve created a new design aesthetic that is unique among the architecture of the city.
The structure of the building is called “Study Cascade” and while the façade certainly is cascading down, this structure isn’t only external. It allows for a network of social and study spaces on the different landings in the building, from top to bottom. The architecture has successfully integrated the purpose of the building: preparing the next generation of doctors and medical professionals for their future career.
Walking into the Vagelos Education Center lobby, the visitor marvels at the balance between the organic, non-linear shapes and the geometric patterns with clear-cut edges, representing the melding of the natural world of medicine and man made world of technology. The building has caused quite the talk in the design world and by looking at these images it’s not hard to imagine why.