Northwest Corner Building

As science and technology play increasingly significant roles in shaping our lives and the world in which we live, critical questions and problems can only be solved by scientific research and education that cross interdisciplinary lines.

Columbia University has an exciting addition to the McKim, Meade and White Morningside Campus that will catalyze interdisciplinary research and education where the frontiers of biology, chemistry, physics and engineering and applied science converge.  The new Northwest Corner Building opened its doors in Fall 2010.

Designed by the Pritzker prize-winning Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo, the Northwest Corner Building connects Chandler (chemistry) and Pupin (physics and astronomy), Schapiro (engineering), Mudd (engineering and applied science) and Fairchild (biology).  Serving as a physical and intellectual bridge, linking laboratories and maximizing the ready sharing and exchange of ideas, resources and information, the new building will enhance the existing collaborations and stimulate new ones.  When fully occupied, the Northwest Corner Building will provide research and education space for a community of  250 to 300 interdisciplinary faculty and students among the 21 laboratories.  In addition, the Northwest Corner Building houses the Integrated Science Library that combines the formerly separate biology, chemistry, physics & astronomy and psychology libraries, a lecture hall that seats 170, a class room, and a café.

This comprehensive center demonstrates the University's commitment to scientific discovery and teaching.  With its welcoming façades facing both the campus and 120th street, the new building also provides an important portal to Manhattanville.  To date, we have received significant gifts from an anonymous donor and the Sherman Fairchild and Booth Ferris Foundations.