Columbia University: Jerome L. Green Science Center dedicates its new campus with its neighborhood community as the main concern. The Jerome L. Green Science Center is the first building to be completed on the university’s Manhattanville campus and will be the home to Mortimer B. Zuckerman’s Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Renzo Piano spoke at the dedication in which he referred to the Jerome L. Greene Science Building as a “factory that explores the secret of the mind.”
One of the biggest constraints the university faced was resistance and acceptance for a project of this magnitude. Renzo Piano Building Workshop worked alongside Skidmore Owings & Merrill to make sure that public access to the building was preeminent at ground level. “In an effort to welcome the community, Renzo and Piano designed the building to be as transparent as possible,” Joann Gonchar with Architectural Record. The building will feature an “urban layer” which is how Piano refers to as the first floor of the building. This floor will give access to the public and offer services like a wellness center, education lab, shops, and restaurants.
Renzo Piano also refers to the building as a “palace of light," allowing for ample daylight in, while controlling other heat related factors. “On bright days, a building management system automatically brings down blinds in front of the full-height glazed facades, and turns up the indirect artificial lighting inside,” describes Dezeen. It features plenty of natural light for frequently occupied areas.
The Jerome L. Greene Science Building is expected to open in the spring of 2017 with an estimated 900 scientists occupying the building, using several of its flexible teaching facilities as mentioned by Jason Sayer in an article from Architect’s Newspaper. For a detailed description of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center click here.
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