SOM wins competition to design the olympic village for milano cortina 2026

SOM wins competition to design the olympic village for milano cortina 2026

SOM has won an international competition to design the athletes’ village for the milano cortina 2026 winter olympics. forming part of a larger masterplan to revitalize porta romana railway yard in milan, the winning scheme prioritizes sustainable building strategies and establishing a new urban community that will long outlast the olympic games.

 

 

SOM’s first place proposal sees off competition from 27 teams comprised of 71 studios from nine different countries. the decision was announced by COIMA SGR, and its partners covivio and prada holding, who are developing the project alongside the milano-cortina foundation and local authorities. the olympic village is set to be complete by july 2025.

SOM to design the olympic village for milano cortina 2026 designboom

image © SOM | pixelflakes (also main image)

 

 

the program comprises public green spaces, two renovated historic structures and six new residential buildings that will house athletes during the olympics. once the games are over, the spaces will be converted and reused. the athletes’ accommodation will be used for student housing, the park and railway-side buildings will become affordable housing, and the olympic village plaza will turn into a neighborhood square with social functions like shops and cafés. there will also be outdoor space for farmers’ markets and community events.

SOM to design the olympic village for milano cortina 2026 designboom

image © SOM | pixelflakes

 

 

‘rather than ceasing to be of use after the olympics, the porta romana olympic village will ultimately become a vibrant, self-sustaining neighborhood built around the principles of social equity, environmental commitment, wellness, and inclusivity,’ says SOM design partner colin koop. ‘the village adopts the rhythm of the area’s streetscape, creating a porous urban block with a variety of public spaces and communal anchors that will enhance milan’s vibrant tapestry of ground floor experiences.’

SOM to design the olympic village for milano cortina 2026 designboom

image © SOM | pixelflakes

 

 

as well as programmatic sustainability, SOM’s proposal also targets minimal environmental impact in accordance with NZEB (nearly zero energy building), a requirement stipulated by the EU. more than 30% of the energy consumed by the village will be generated onsite thanks to passive cooling strategies, solar panels, and rooftop gardens for onsite food production. rainwater will also be collected and reused, with a reduction in the use of drinking water by over 50% and a CO2 reduction of 40% for heating and cooling. the construction itself will utilize a mass timber structure for the residential buildings and low-embodied carbon façade materials.

som-2026-milan-cortina-olympic-village-designboom-04X

image © SOM

 

 

for the architectural design, SOM takes inspiration from milan’s historic urban fabric but combines it with contemporary materials. one main feature of the architecture is the shaded communal terraces, which will serve as connective bridges between the buildings. these terraces are conceived as places to study, socialize, or even cultivate fruit and vegetables. 

SOM to design the olympic village for milano cortina 2026 designboom

image © SOM | pixelflakes

 

 

‘the 2026 olympic village will represent a new urban laboratory for milan, the first to be designed and built in its future configuration with spaces, functions and materials already designed for their conversion, meeting NZEB principles,’ said manfredi catella, COIMA founder and CEO. ‘the integrated district will be managed through an evolutionary digital platform similar to that being tested in the biblioteca degli alberi milano (BAM) in porta nuova. the project represents our commitment to ESG through COIMA SGR city impact, the first italian closed-end investment fund with measurable objectives for the country’s sustainable regeneration, which will retain the olympic district in its portfolio following its conversion into a student residence.’

 

 

see designboom’s previous coverage of the porta romana masterplan here

 

 

project info:

 

name: 2026 milan-cortina olympic village

location: porta romana, milan, italy

architect: skidmore, owings & merrill (SOM)

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5