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April 5th, 2003, 10:43 PM
Just wanted to know about Columbia's Residencial hall being built on 121 st.

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April 6th, 2003, 06:25 PM
It was designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, and is intended to house faculty.

BBB doesn't have anything about it on their Website--which they're in the process of redesigning--yet.

April 7th, 2003, 08:54 AM
I think he's talking about a different building...

Teachers College Building, North Tower
West 121st Street, Morningside Heights
19 stories 228 feet
Paul Broches of Mitchell-Giurgola Architects
Under Construction January 2003-September 2004

Teachers College Building *South Tower
West 121st Street, Morningside Heights
11 stories 122 feet
Paul Broches of Mitchell-Giurgola Architects
Under Construction January 2003-September 2004



Teachers College Building on 121st St.
Teachers College of Columbia University is considering building student housing on the site marked in red below. They originally considered putting in a conference center as well but the bedrock is too hard to excavate cheaply. The building will house 200 students of TC and possibly be rented out to other institutions. It will have a street wall congruent with adjacent buildings and two towers: an 11-story tower on the south side and a 17-story one on the north. The architect is Paul Broches of Mitchell-Giurgola architects, which has also designed the Sherman-Fairchild biology builing at Columbia and has done the TC master plan. The building will be as-of-right with respect to zoning. The site, which is currently vacant except for a big shed, is 517 W. 121st St. and 514-520 W. 122nd St.
The problem with this building is that the towers are out-of-context for the low-rise block, despite the architect's claims that the design, which has not yet been made public, will be contextual.

From \http://www.tc.edu/administration/construction/projectoverview.htm

Teachers College is planning the development of a new two-building dormitory to house their graduate students. The project site is located on a mid-block, vacant, through-lot parcel that Teachers College owns, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, 121st and 122nd Streets. The proposed project schedule calls for site excavation to begin in January 2003; construction completion by September 2004; and occupancy in September 2004.


The project consists of two buildings connected at the basement and entry levels, accommodating 252 studio apartments. The south building contains 72 units and the north building, 180 units. The studios are approximately 225 square feet in size, and each one contains a private bathroom; 34 of the units are approximately 300 square feet and include kitchenettes. There will also be 17 common kitchens distributed throughout the building typically located on alternate floors.

The first floor of the building is programmed to house an entry lobby, a study lounge and two group study/computer rooms that open onto a landscaped courtyard. This open space will bring light into the two proposed buildings and the existing contiguous residential buildings, and will preserve the continuity of the mid-block open space that extends the length of the block. The courtyard will be a quiet sanctuary for resident students. The basement level below the courtyard opens at grade on 122nd Street. It will contain a laundry room, building storage rooms and mechanical spaces.


The "R8" zoning of the site (which includes the adjacent Teachers College owned apartment buildings - the Grant and Sarasota) allows for a 6.5 floor area ratio (FAR-a number multiplied by the lot size to determine the maximum development), or 140,276 square feet of zoning floor area. The existing buildings contain 39,948 square feet in area; therefore the allowable floor area of the proposed building is 100,328 square feet. The proposed project contains 97,749 square feet of zoning floor area, and a total of 112,000 gross square feet.

Project Dimensions

The south building is 50 feet wide and eleven stories tall; the first 9 floors are built to the street wall and there are two stories that are set back 19'-6" from the street. The height to the top floor parapet is 108 feet. The elevator overrun extends 14 feet above that, to a total of 122 feet from the street.

The north building is 75 feet wide and 19 stories tall; the first eight floors of the north building are built to the street wall, and the upper 11 floors are set back 13 feet from the street. The height to the top floor parapet is 188 feet, and the elevator overrun extends 14 feet above that, to a total of 204 feet above the street. A water tank will be located on the roof of the north tower, which will be the highest point on the building, at a level of approximately 228 feet.

Project Design

The design of the building is informed by the styles of the neighboring buildings. The predominant use of brick, terra cotta and articulated window frames in the proposed project fit well within the Morningside Heights neighborhood with its eclectic structures of significant architectural merit and historical integrity. Architectural elements such as decorative metalwork, natural stone and copper will be used at the street level to enliven the base of the building in a similar fashion as neighboring buildings. Deep set windows, stone sills, and a projecting cornice will also add a level of detail comparable to neighboring building. Although the upper stories of the proposed Teachers College housing are taller than the adjacent structures, the proposed design will respect the adjacent setbacks and the cornice lines of the existing street wall.

April 7th, 2003, 02:02 PM
LOL! Whoever considers a 19 story building a "huge tower" isn't a real NY'er!

April 7th, 2003, 04:58 PM
I depends on how much you travel around NYC. Me I live in East Harlem. I've traveled all over the place and I know this ain't to high compared to the buildings downtown, but if you just stay here in East Harlem you'd think that's a pretty big building. I wish there'd be more high rise development here in East Harlem....