CO FXFOWLE, the joint venture of CO Architects and FXFOWLE Architects, has won the competition to design the new School of Nursing at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York. The firm conceptualizes the seven-story building as a town square that anchors the campus while organizing distinct spaces for the school’s various functions. For example, a layer of etched glass surrounds the north and east perimeters for areas requiring daylight, while labs, research facilities, and administrative/faculty offices occupy the core.
In the lobby, a circulation “ribbon” connects all floors vertically within the school’s conference and informal meeting/breakout spaces. The first floor also includes a gallery, café, student lounge, large conference room, and student services. The remaining floors accommodate conference rooms, simulation labs, and breakout and study areas. Topping the building is a roof terrace that can serve as a student lounge or special events space.
Targeting LEED Silver certification, the nursing school is slated to start construction in late 2014.