Northwest Corner Hardhat Tour Unveils Rafael Moneo’s Design Concepts


On Wednesday, September 30, 2009, Columbia students and faculty were given a hardhat tour of the new Northwest Corner Building, led by lead architect José Rafael Moneo. 

While walking through the construction site at Broadway and West 120th Street, Rafael detailed the design challenges, including the placement of the aluminum and glass structure above Dodge Physical Fitness Center with no supporting columns at its north end and its need to complement the campus' existing McKim, Mead, & White architecture.

He also pointed out the areas in which the building connects to both Pupin and Chandler, an effort to foster interdisciplinary study within the sciences. The Northwest Corner Building is anticipated to open in fall 2010.