Construction on the quirky Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed Columbia University Medical Center is reportedly almost complete. According to the Real Deal, who calls the building “New York’s zaniest new building”, the 14-story, state-of-the-art medical building will be seeking LEED Gold certification once complete.

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The modern glass building, which will tower over the Northern Manhattan skyline, will most likely stand out for its odd architectural characteristics. With its funky, asymmetrical exterior dotted with contorted windows and a shameless brash incongruity, perhaps the best thing to do would be to look inwards at the building’s educational value and multiple sustainable features.

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The CUMC building will provide state-of-the-art educational spaces for future students such as technologically advanced classrooms and a modern simulation center that will be used for hands-on teaching in realistic settings. Additionally, the design will provide ample green space as well as multi-purpose outdoor space including a terrace with views of the Hudson River.

“The new building provides upgraded education facilities that reflect the eminence of one of the top medical schools in the world,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at CUMC and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences at Columbia University. “Both the building and the newly created green space that will surround it will also revitalize our campus in ways that will benefit both our medical center and the entire community.”

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