CAMPBELL SPORTS CENTER

CAMPBELL SPORTS CENTER

STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS

New York, New York  2013


Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center, designed by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, of Steven Holl Architects, is built around the scholar-athlete’s structuring of the mind, the body, and the mind together with the body.  Conceptually, with points on the ground and lines in space, the project's early sketches were actually based on a football diagram.  An athletic strategy in plan became an architectural elevation.  Steel and concrete define spaces with an upgraded level of detail, while kinetic bodies, both inside and outside the building, stride up and down, to and fro.  The elevated subway line screeches by, flashing like lightning in a looming thunderstorm.  Meanwhile, the architecture emits its own luminous glow in the night.  The films introduce the viewer to the architecture’s relationship to the City, giving prominence to the context of the neighborhood. Because looking in to the architecture gives an immediate sense of looking right back out in to the City.