Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Northwest Corner Building

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Northwest Corner Building

Article excerpt

Columbia University with Aedas; also Rafael Moneo; Moneo Brock Studio; Arup; Turner Construction; R.A. Heintges & Associates; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; Fisher Marantz Stone; Wolf and Company

Jury Comments

The jury said, "... magnificently detailed building with superb proportions and public spaces of highest quality ... light in the building is unbelievable ... this is 5-star architecture ..."

Project Highlights

* The building had to measure 65 feet in width and retain separation from its neighbors as originally set forth in the university's historic Morningside Heights campus plan designed by McKim, Mead and White.

* The principal design objective was to develop fluid connections between street traffic and campus, elevated 30 feet above street level. The site was occupied by a four-story gymnasium and enclosed by a perimeter wall that restricted access to the campus.

* The majority of the new building had to be built over the structure and spanning over the gymnasium was a defining gesture.

* The gym had to be operational during basketball season, but city code dictates construction cannot take place over an inhabited space unless a concrete slab exists between the existing structure and the new structure. …

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