Columbia Builds Holl-y Hell in Inwood

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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The Campbell Sports Center designed by Stephen Holl has some neighbors ready to punt.

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. “It does not relate well to the community,” said Gail Addiss, 61, an architect who lives opposite Baker Field. “It’s similar to Frank Gehry architecture — large metal things whose glare is going to cause more brightness to reflect into people’s windows.”

2 Responses to “Columbia Builds Holl-y Hell in Inwood”

  1. aliceb says:

    I guess it’s not famous enough : the (1968) gym was planned for Morningside Park and tapped into issues far more complex than “light, views, and context.”

  2. Inwoody says:

    2013 update – building nearly done, looks awesome. Locals are quite pleased. Well played, Holl, well played.

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