Construction work has begun on Steven Holl Architects’ Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University in New York. The 48,000 sq ft complex will provide a new gateway to the existing Baker Athletics Complex (heart of the University’s outdoor sports programme) with an auditorium, hospitality suite, student-athlete study rooms, offices, and conditioning spaces.
Of the angular model, Steven Holl Architects details: “Located on the corner of West 218th street and Broadway, the Sports Center aims at serving the mind, the body and the mind/body. The design concept ‘points on the ground, lines in space’ - like field play diagrams used for football, soccer and baseball - develops from point foundations on the sloping site. Just as points and lines in diagrams yield the physical push and pull on the field, the building’s elevations push and pull in space.”
Following this notion, the university volumes are composed of a series of interlocking boxes which offer far-reaching views from the upper levels towards the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. As night falls the building’s Columbia-blue aluminium soffits will be uplit to illuminate the new entrance to the Baker Athletics Complex.