Jerome L. Greene Science Center for Mind Brain Behavior, Columbia University

Location:New York, NY
Architect:Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Davis Brody Bond
Client:Columbia University

The building is the first to rise on Columbia’s new 17-acre Manhattanville campus. The 9-story, 450,000 square-foot structure is designed to maximize creative collaboration among scientists. It includes connecting stairways and common spaces that link individual researchers and lab groups into a coherent community. The ground floor of the Greene Science Center includes the Center for Education and Outreach, a public education center dedicated to brain science, offering a variety of programs on the brain, mental health, and neuroscience for K-12 students, teachers, and the general public. A street-level screening facility serves as a first stop for area residents with concerns about brain and mental health.

The Science Center includes 175,988 square feet of building envelope, consisting primarily of transparent floor-to-ceiling glass. The facade program incorporates six wall types, including high-performance structural facades, double-skin walls, metal and glass canopies, and vestibules.


Photo Credit: Pavel Bendov Photography

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