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This perception is owed in large part to stairways and doubleheight spaces that link two- or three-story units of related
activities, which the architects call "neighborhoods." This tactic
also fosters a sense of community and intimacy so often lacking
in scientific facilities. As might be expected, DS+R shuns the
cliché feel-good strategies standardly used to humanize hospitals: pastel colors, green plants, and cheery artworks. Instead,
a warm palette of affordable materials in orange-brown tones
- terra-cotta-colored terrazzo, end-grain wood flooring, and
stained Douglas fir paneling - is juxtaposed against crisp white
wall surfaces to great effect and mutual benefit.
Although Vagelos is hemmed in toward the river by three
banal 1970s residential towers (built as affordable housing but
later taken over by Columbia for its own use), it's amazing how
the new structure, budgeted at $185 million, maximizes stunning vistas in all directions, and makes those looming hulks all
but disappear.
DS+R's keen urbanistic instincts prompt recall of yet another
of their earlier masterstrokes: the radical but wholly convincing
transformation of Pietro Belluschi's travertine-encased Juilliard
School of Music into a glass-walled showcase that advertises
the institution's educational activities high above Broadway. The
Vagelos Center, located several blocks north of the medical center's original 1928 buildings, would have felt marooned without
an equivalent connection.
To relate the new outpost to the main campus, the architects
placed study and social spaces in the south-facing portion of the
building to display the life of the school through a glass curtain
wall that creates a direct visual link in both directions. Clinical

and technical facilities (which include anatomy laboratories and
spaces where doctor/patient interactions can be simulated) are
consigned to the building's more enclosed portions on the north
side, with a central elevator core that demarcates the separation
between dedicated and common spaces.
There are but two things we can lament about this thoroughly exhilarating scheme. One is that very few of us were educated
in such extraordinary architectural surroundings. The other is
that even fewer among the general public will ever be able to
get inside this ingenious gem in Washington Heights.
Martin Filler is the architecture critic for the New York Review of
Books and the recipient of the 2017 Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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