renzo piano plans new architecture campus for politecnico di milano

renzo piano plans new architecture campus for politecnico di milano

italian architect renzo piano has drawn up plans for a new university campus, which is scheduled to open in milan in 2020. described as a ‘gift to the city,’ the project sees the creation of a new campus for politecnico di milano — where piano studied in the 1960s. the site includes two buildings designed by fellow alumnus gio ponti: the ‘trifoglio’ building and the more conventionally shaped ‘nave.’ both structures will be restored and revitalized as part of the project.

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the site includes two buildings designed by fellow alumnus gio ponti
image courtesy of ottavio di blasi & partners (also main image)



fittingly, the politecnico’s new complex will serve as the school’s new architecture campus, focusing on research and innovation in the field. renzo piano, working alongside ottavio di blasi & partners who developed piano’s original concept, has designed unobtrusive new buildings that are partially submerged below ground. the new buildings contain an architectural modelling lab and digital and design technologies, in addition to classrooms and supplementary study areas.

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the unobtrusive new building is partially submerged below ground
image courtesy of ottavio di blasi & partners



topped with an accessible terrace, the structures take on a low profile and are surrounded by a forest of over 130 trees. to finance the project, the politecnico is seeking to raise money through a fundraising campaign — €6 million of which has already been accounted for. demolition work on site began in august 2018, with construction work now underway. the project is expected to complete in 2020.

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a series of terraces connects the site
image courtesy of ottavio di blasi & partners

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an aerial view of the new campus
image courtesy of ottavio di blasi & partners

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construction work on site is now underway
image by enrico cano

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site plan sketch by renzo piano

renzo piano politecnico campus
sectional sketch by renzo piano



project info:


architect:  ottavio di blasi and partners (from an idea and the participation of renzo piano

design and implementation supervisor: ottavio di blasi architect

client: politecnico di milano
location: milan, italy
status: under construction (completion scheduled for 2020)

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