CUMC Medical and Graduate Education Building

Curtain wall installation continues on the "Study Cascade" section of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler's 14-story building for the Columbia University Medical College. The "Study Cascade" at the southern half of the tower features gathering spaces for students and faculty in a variety of configurations that is expressed on the exterior wall. Installation of its glass enclosure has reached the eighth floor and features vertical glass fin supports. A gradient of transparent and opaque white glass panels clad the northern half of the building. 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."
Work is also underway on the open space component of the project which features an outdoor terrace with views to the Hudson River. Construction is slated for completion next year.

Looking north on Haven Avenue.

Southeast corner from Haven Avenue.

Southeast corner of the "Study Cascade."

Detail of the "Study Cascade."

Detail of the "Study Cascade."

East facade from Haven Avenue.

East facade from West 171st Street.

Detail of the "Study Cascade."

Northeast corner from Haven Avenue.

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