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Interdisciplinary Building, Columbia University, Rafael Moneo

The Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, has completed the building interdisciplinary for the University of Columbia. The challenge was to create a fourteen storey building on a gym that was to remain open during construction. The building is included in a master plan designed by Renzo Piano to revitalize certain areas of campus Mornings Heights, the principal of the University.

Its impressive glass and steel structure, meant to represent the “future of science.” The building houses nearly 50,000 square feet of laboratories, a scientific library with 170 reading seats, and a cafeteria oficnas visible from the street. The interior is designed in a way that ensures total flexibility and freedom in the physical layout of the labs.

The building you can enter the orbit of the international style of the sixties, the distance of this however, historicism fleeing and taking of the essence just straight volume-based and glass surfaces in the case of this building interdisciplinary partly hidden behind shades. Moneo has managed to convey that essence that characterize modern and elegant constructions, inserting this building into a campus buildings characterized by cutting more or less historicist whose main material is the brick factory. The budget for this new building was 200 million dollars and is scheduled to open its doors in December 2010.