New York, NY
An innovative interior “campus” houses an entirely new holistic and team-based approach to student advising. This gut renovation of two floors within a University student center is organized around “public” spaces that welcome students throughout and encourage staff collaboration. Angled counseling offices faced with gradated frosted glass convey the importance of nurturing the individual while providing a sense of openness in a very dense layout. A pattern based on the paving in front of Low Library, the iconic center of the University, is used on the floor, walls, and ceilings of the “public” spaces to symbolize the department’s mission to guide students through their years at Columbia College. On the walls and ceilings this pattern is composed of perforated metal laminated to reflective stainless steel, literally reflecting students into the pattern. Natural light is brought deep into the floor by these reflective walls which evoke the past, present, and future of the University in one gesture. The end result is a facility that conveys that Columbia University is deeply committed to assisting students in all aspects of their experience at the school.
Location: 2920 Broadway New York, 10027 United States