CUMC Medical and Graduate Education Building

Curtain wall installation has begun on the "Study Cascade" section of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler's 14-story building for the Columbia University Medical College. The more normative northern half of the building has been almost completely clad with its exterior wall, a gradient of transparent and opaque white glass panels. Installation of the more expressive, transparent curtain wall on the "Study Cascade" has begun on the fourth floor at the southeast corner. The varying levels of transparency of the facade serves as an expression of the functional diagram of the building, where work spaces are located in the more opaque northern portion of the building while spaces for casual interaction occur in the transparent, free form "Study Cascade."

Looking north on Haven Avenue.

Southeast corner from Haven Avenue.

Southeast corner from Haven Avenue.

East façade from Haven Avenue.

East façade from West 171st Street.

Detail of "Study Cascade."

South façade.

Detail of the "Study Cascade."

Southwest corner.

Southwest corner.

Northeast corner from Haven Avenue.

ArchitectsDiller Scofidio + Renfro with GenslerProgram: Education; Location: Washington Heights, New York, NY; Completion: 2016.