Last week, we were happy to share DS+R‘s much anticipated design for the Broad Museum. In addition to winning the 120,000 sqf California project, it has also announced that Columbia University selected DS+R to design the Business School’s new two-building home for Manhattanville in West Harlem. The new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility will add to the firm’s notable New York presence, along with the renovation and expansion of New York’s Lincoln Center (including their Hypar Pavilion, also designed with FXFowle) and the High Line park with Field Operations in lower Manhattan. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to make a new home for the Business School,” said Elizabeth Diller, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. “Our challenge is to support Columbia’s progressive new approach to business education with architecture that participates in pedagogy and that animates a public center within the new campus and its richly layered social and industrial context.”
More about the project after the break.
Columbia’s President explained, “Diller Scofidio + Renfro have repeatedly demonstrated a deep understanding of how people live and work in a dynamic urban environment. They have achieved beautiful, important architectural successes that have been thoughtfully integrated into the surrounding urban fabric. This is the essence of what we are trying to create on Columbia’s new, open campus — bringing together different areas of teaching and research, and enhancing the connections between the University and surrounding community.”
“Diller Scofidio + Renfro fully understand that this project is about transforming the School and the way we do our work, rather than about bricks and mortar,” said Glenn Hubbard, Columbia Business School Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics. “They have demonstrated a great ability to translate ideas and concepts into boundary-stretching designs and we welcome their partnership shaping our new environment. Today’s complex global problems must be addressed by transcending disciplines and ‘connecting the dots.’ Our new facility will foster that kind of teaching and learning without constraint or limitation.”
We will keep you updated on the status of the project.