Archtober Building of the Day #19
Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University
Broadway & 218th Street
Steven Holl Architects
We rode the subway to the northern tip of Manhattan to tour Columbia Universityâ€™s Campbell Sports Center, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The design, based on football play diagrams, incorporates â€œpoints on the ground, lines in spaceâ€ that develop from the sloping site in this industrial section of Inwood. Olaf Schmidt, associate-in-charge of the project, led the Archtober tourÂ through the building.
Can Columbia build anything without causing a ruckus? There is, of course, the famous gym proposed for Riverside Park that triggered the 1968 riots, and more recently the huge fight over its 17-acre Manhattanville expansion. Now the Times is reporting a “teapot-size storm” surrounding the university’s proposal to build a new athletic center within its complex in Inwood. According to the Gray Lady, the issues are the same as anywhere in Manhattan: light, views, and context. â€œIt does not relate well to the community,â€ said Gail Addiss, 61, an architect who lives opposite Baker Field. â€œItâ€™s similar to Frank Gehry architecture â€” large metal things whose glare is going to cause more brightness to reflect into peopleâ€™s windows.â€