In Progress: Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: 218th Street,
Architect In Charge: Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
Design Team: Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
Associate In Charge: Olaf Schmidt
Area: 4,459 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Chris McVoy, Andy Ryan

Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Mep Engineer: ICOR Associates
Sustainability Engineer: Transsolar
Curtain Wall Consultant: W. J. Higgins
Lighting Consultant: Wald Studio
Audio/Visual Consultant: The Clarient Group
Acoustical Consultant: Cerami Associates
Client: Columbia University

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The new 48,000 square foot Campbell Sports Center at the corner of 218th Street and Broadway aims to:

-  Create new visibility for Columbia Athletics
-  Form an inviting new gate for Baker Athletics Complex
-  Shape state of the art athletic spaces with interconnecting flow
-  Extend Field Play onto and into the building with stepped ramps
-  Sustainability and ecological innovation


The Campbell Sports Center serves as a new “gateway” to Baker Athletics Complex at the prominent urban corner where Broadway meets 10th Avenue and the 1 Subway line—the northernmost crossing of Broadway with avenues that run the length of Manhattan. The design concept “points on the ground, lines in space”—like field play diagrams used for football, soccer, baseball—develops from point foundations on the sloping site.

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Just as points and lines in diagrams yield the physical push and pull on the field, the building’s elevations push and pull in space. External stairs, “lines in space,” and terraces extend the field play up and into the building and give views from the upper levels over the Baker Athletics Complex and Manhattan with the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in the distance.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "In Progress: Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects" 24 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • gudrun

    This is absolutely fantastic that you share these construction pics with us!! So we can see the morphology of the project how it evolves from the inside out so to speak. Absolutely breathtaking and great especially for students to see how the building is constructed and put together inside to basically see the bones and skulls. You already can imagine the building’s eventual beauty if I may say realy really grat! thanks Archdaily!