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Columbia Jocks Get Jazzy Stairs in Holl’s Sports Center

Steven Holl’s Campbell Sports Center at New York’s Columbia University flamboyantly bumps and grinds around the busy corner of Broadway and 218th Street, showing off its shiny metal stairs that ascend like lightning bolts.

More than just a place to pump iron, this $30 million architectural chameleon is a poetic barometer of its dissonant circumstances. It’s well worth a trip to Manhattan’s northern tip as the city celebrates architecture this month with Archtober.