The first phase of the ambitious Columbia Manhattanville Campus is yet another significant undertaking in the US by the prolific Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Completed two years after the new home for the Whitney, the two buildings in the first phase look rather like lost brothers of the museum building, in a good way. The boat-like window detailing, the appropriately articulated metal paneling, and the stunning double facade all together make both buildings seem much more delicate and refined than what they actually are. The Lenfest Center, with its dramatic cantilevers and suspended balconies, defy what might be considered contextual in this part of Manhattan. However, the slightly unbalanced form projects perhaps the perfect forward-looking and contemporary image for an institution with nearly 300 years of history. Inside, the gallery spaces prove RPBW's adeptness at creating perfect museum interiors. Open yet uncluttered ceilings, thoughtfully positioned window openings, and bold orange accents make for a neutral space for art while at the same time unassumingly declare a high level of tectonic resolution classic of Renzo Piano.   
       
     
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    The first phase of the ambitious Columbia Manhattanville Campus is yet another significant undertaking in the US by the prolific Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Completed two years after the new home for the Whitney, the two buildings in the first phase look rather like lost brothers of the museum building, in a good way. The boat-like window detailing, the appropriately articulated metal paneling, and the stunning double facade all together make both buildings seem much more delicate and refined than what they actually are. The Lenfest Center, with its dramatic cantilevers and suspended balconies, defy what might be considered contextual in this part of Manhattan. However, the slightly unbalanced form projects perhaps the perfect forward-looking and contemporary image for an institution with nearly 300 years of history. Inside, the gallery spaces prove RPBW's adeptness at creating perfect museum interiors. Open yet uncluttered ceilings, thoughtfully positioned window openings, and bold orange accents make for a neutral space for art while at the same time unassumingly declare a high level of tectonic resolution classic of Renzo Piano.   
       
     

 

The first phase of the ambitious Columbia Manhattanville Campus is yet another significant undertaking in the US by the prolific Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Completed two years after the new home for the Whitney, the two buildings in the first phase look rather like lost brothers of the museum building, in a good way. The boat-like window detailing, the appropriately articulated metal paneling, and the stunning double facade all together make both buildings seem much more delicate and refined than what they actually are. The Lenfest Center, with its dramatic cantilevers and suspended balconies, defy what might be considered contextual in this part of Manhattan. However, the slightly unbalanced form projects perhaps the perfect forward-looking and contemporary image for an institution with nearly 300 years of history. Inside, the gallery spaces prove RPBW's adeptness at creating perfect museum interiors. Open yet uncluttered ceilings, thoughtfully positioned window openings, and bold orange accents make for a neutral space for art while at the same time unassumingly declare a high level of tectonic resolution classic of Renzo Piano. 
 

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