Steven Holl Architects’ Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University
New York, NY—The Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University celebrated its
groundbreaking on October 15th. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Campbell
Sports Center will form an inviting new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex,
the primary athletics facility for the University’s outdoor sports program.
Located on the corner of West 218th street and Broadway, the Sports Center aims at
serving the mind, the body and the mind/body. The design concept “points on the ground,
lines in space”—like field play diagrams used for football, soccer, baseball—develops
from point foundations on the sloping site. Just as points and lines in diagrams yield the
physical push and pull on the field, the building’s elevations push and pull in space.
External stairs, which serve as “lines in space,” and terraces extend the field play onto
and into the building and give views from the upper levels over the Baker Athletics
Complex and Manhattan with the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings in the distance. At
night the building is up-lit with glowing light on its Columbia-blue aluminum soffits.
Steven Holl states, “We are honored to collaborate with Dianne Murphy and Columbia
Facilities in creating this new state of the art athletics facility. Its inviting architecture
indicates the invigorating presence and future of intercollegiate Athletics at Columbia
The Campbell Sports Center, a five-story, 48,000 square foot facility, will house strength
and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, an auditorium, a hospitality suite and
student-athlete study rooms. The project, led by Steven Holl and senior partner Chris
McVoy, is scheduled to open in fall 2012.
Steven Holl Architects – New York and Beijing
Founded in New York in 1976, Steven Holl Architects is an innovative 40-person architecture and urban design
firm working globally as one office from two locations: New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl leads the office
with partner Chris McVoy. Steven Holl Architects has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with
extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery and exhibition design), campus and educational
facilities, and residential work. The firm has been internationally recognized with architecture’s most prestigious
awards for quality and excellence in design, and the work has been widely published and exhibited. Steven Holl
Architects has completed several educational projects including the School of Art and Art History at the
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA); Simmons Hall at MIT (Cambridge, MA); Pratt Institute Higgins Hall Insertion
(Brooklyn, NY); College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota
(Minneapolis, MN); and the Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Most recently completed is the
Cité de l’Océan et du Surf with Solange Fabião (Biarritz, France), which opened in June 2011; and the Nanjing
Museum of Art and Architecture opens in April 2012. Currently in design are the Glasgow School of Art; the new
University of Iowa Arts Building; and the Princeton University Center of Creative and Performing Arts.
For more information on Steven Holl Architects, please visit www.stevenholl.com or contact
Julia van den Hout
Steven Holl Architects
+1 (212) 629-7262