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Columbia Genome Center

PROJECT: Columbia Genome Center
LOCATION: New York, NY  |  SIZE: 40,000 sf
STUDIO: GSAPP Core Studio I
PROFESSOR: Mark Rakatansky
DATE: Fall 2005

DESCRIPTION: The expansion of the Columbia Genome Center (CGC) incorporates a series of new laboratory, administrative, and public facilities to increase the efficiency of the Center. Mutation of genetic traits is used as the basis of design, allowing the expansion to replicate and evolve as program is expanded and introduced.

The addition to the CGC was approached through the very scientific principles upon which the Center focuses its research.  Taking on genetics as it is affected by mutations, architectural design evolved in the same manner.  The mutation of DNA by copying errors in the replication process occurs in four distinct ways: substitution, insertion, deletion, and frameshift.  This process, which is vital in the evolutionary process of living beings, and generates a new set of architectural design criteria.

Mutations caused by copying errors exist at multiple scales in the design for the expansion of the CGC. At a grand scale, an entire floor of the existing center was copied and mutated as the copies continued from the fifth down to the first floors. At a more local level, the individual rooms, walls, and even desks mutated as copies were made.

CGC Mutation

CGC Copying Errors

CGC Plan Mutations

 

CGC SE View

CGC-5th-Floor-Plan

CGC-4th-Floor-Plan

CGC-2nd-Floor-Plan

CGC Lab View

CGC Section Detail

CGC Desk Mutations

CGC NE View

CGC Site Plan

CGC-Elevation



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