Columbia Center for Competitive Rowing merges the rich history of boat fabrication techniques with the original American attitude toward competitive rowing: the public spectator event. Rather than limiting the experience of the shoreline to Columbia University, the building’s hull peels backwards exposing the boat shed to the Spuyten Duyvil waterfront. Moments of sudden expansion, or spatial rupture, of raspberry ETFE bubbles speckle the community oriented program to form pauses for spectators, focused team space, and organization for multi-purpose gatherings within the belly of the whale.

Columbia Center for Competitive Rowing
Critic Zehra Kuz
Spring 2012

In collaboration with Gillian Shaffer

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Justin Hattendorf 2018