Bocconi Urban Campus, Milan

Bocconi Urban Campus

The new campus of Bocconi University in Milan comprises research, teaching, study, residential, recreation, and sport areas. The project reflects the cosmopolitan and innovative characteristics of the school and the avant-garde sensibility of the city. It demonstrates technological solutions for ensuring the buildings’ maximum sustainability, durability, and adaptability over time. In the design intents, the importance of inner, urban voids is essential to the understanding of the city as a spatial ensemble.

The Bocconi Yard project wants to be both an extension of the university’s architectural ensemble and the definition of a new connective platform within the city.


Typology: Education
Location: Milan, Italy
Year: 2012-13
Site area: 35,700 sqm
Client: Bocconi University
Status: Invited competition / 1st place
Architects: Stefano Andreani, Federico de Molfetta
Design team: David Himelman, Lesley McTague, Hanna Tulis, Emmet Truxes (animation), Jessica Wilcox, Victoria Wolcott, Chan Sik Youn, Xing Xiong
Advisors: Joan Busquets, Hashim Sarkis, Manuel Heitor (Harvard GSD)

This central urban space plays a crucial role in shifting the node of academic activities to a widely accessible green core, the Yard, generating a new sense of place.

Facing the existing library that sits on the northern side of the Yard, the student center with sport facilities becomes the new focal point of the campus. To the west, the School of Management defines the long edge of the Yard and performs as transitional space between city and campus life. In the southeastern corner, the residential tower provides spectacular views over the campus, hovering above the Yard and the city of Milan.


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