Who said cool architecture is limited to downtown?
Two new projects – Columbia University’s first stand-alone nursing school and Karim Rashid 19-story condo on Madison Ave. — are bringing international design talent to uptown.
The new nursing school is designed by the Los Angeles firm CO Architects and FXFOWLE — creators of the 4 Times Square office tower and Northside Piers in Willimsburg.
The six-story facility will more than double the school’s space in Washington Heights, providing state-of-the-art classrooms in a rippling glass box. Construction will start next year.
In El Barrio, HAP Investment Developers tapped Rashid to create a nine-story condo that looks like it was drawn with a Spirograph.
“We just let him do what he wants,” HAP principal Eran Pollack said.
Pollack said the apartments would be on the affordable side, despite the unique design, and the project will be done in two years.
“You see unique designs in Chelsea and Soho, on the upper West Side,” Pollack said. “Now it’s time for Harlem.”