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Columbia Business School in New York by UNStudio

November 12th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: UNStudio

The design for the new Graduate School of Business at Columbia University offers an opportunity to embrace innovation in the pedagogy of business education. The building is designed to use the creative enterprise of the school to facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction between the professional world, the campus, and the community at large.


  • Architects: UNStudio
  • Project: Columbia Business School
  • Location: 130th Street / Broadway, New York,
  • Client: Columbia University
  • Building surface: 485,000 GSF > 45.000 m2
  • Building site: 39700 GSF > 3700 m2
  • Programme: Graduate School of Business at Columbia University
  • Status: Competition Entry

West Monastery


  • Executive Architect: Handel Architects LLP
  • Engineering Services: Structural, MEP
  • Sustainability, Curtain Wall: Buro Happold
  • Consultant Services. IT, Acoustical, Audiovisual, Security: Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc
  • Lighting Designer: Renfro Design
  • Way Finding & Signage: Mijksenaar-Arup
  • Vertical Transportation: Van Deussen
  • Expediting and Code Consulting: JAM Consultants Inc.
  • Estimating Consultant: Stuart – Lynn Company
  • Roofing and Waterproofing Consulting: Israel Berger Associates LLC
  • Visualisations: rendertaxi

West Faculty


UNStudio: Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with Wouter de Jonge, Christian Veddeler, Imola Berczi and Jan Schellhoff, Elena Scripelliti, Joerg Petri, Jordan Trachtenberg, Seok Hun Kim, Nanang Santoso, Hans Peter Nuenning, Erwin Horstmannshof

East Building

The flexibility of spaces (in both the short- and long-term) drives the design approach. The design seeks to remove constraints on both instruction and student development, and to create a building which not only supports the need for flexibility, but which celebrates community as a central tenet.

Gradients Program

Student work-study spaces and faculty divisional spaces are concentrated in plan and section to promote collaboration across all disciplines.  In addition, the spaces are connected vertically within a series of voids and internal staircases, and paralleled on several floors in one intensified zone.

Unstudio maquette

Both formal and informal interactions and encounters are encouraged throughout the design. Consideration for the interior organisation of spaces in relationship to one another begins with the circulation. Corridors are considered not in terms of size, but for their capacity to contain and distribute large concentrations of people, whilst simultaneously accommodating surges in traffic and lingering individuals. Infrastructural space is employed to orchestrate informal interaction and enable a heterogeneous mixture of these spaces that are open for reconfiguration and appropriation. The building, therefore, has no traditional corridors, but maintains qualitative networking conditions.

Unstudio maquette

West typical floor

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