Construction is wrapping up on Columbia University‘s new two-building expansion on its Skidmore Owings & Merrill-planned Manhattanville campus. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative, the Henry R. Kravis Building and the East Building, formerly known as the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation, will yield a combined total of 450,000 square feet of classrooms, faculty offices, and lounge areas. Separating the two structures will be a landscaped public plaza and green space designed by James Corner Field Operations. The project site is bound by West 130th Street to the south, West 131st street to the north, the elevated Riverside Drive highway to the west, and Broadway to the east.
Since our last update in February, work has mostly concluded on the Kravis Building and the East Building’s façade has progressed significantly, with only a small portion on the upper southeastern corner yet to be enclosed in the final paneling. Both buildings remain surrounded by construction fences.
The main rendering above is made by DBOX and depicts the Henry R. Kravis Building. The distinctive design features a façade of floor-to-ceiling glass interspersed with protruding floors with angled cuts and voids across the eastern elevation. This breaks up the uniform and orthodox building massing and adds an extra level of detail and play of light and shadow.
The renderings below depict the East Building. Its design blends cohesively with the Kravis Building’s and features gently cantilevering floors that create an irregular stack of levels. This form is most pronounced on the western profile. Work is happening across from The Forum and Wallach Art Gallery, both designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
A completion date of summer 2021 is stated on the construction board, however sometime toward the end of the year seems likely.