Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA

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Looking to redefine the relationship between students, buildings and the city of , Bocconi University challenged architects world-wide to design a “campus for the third millennium”. Although first prize was awarded to SANAA’s courtyard-centric complex formed by a series of undulating figures, OMA’s proposal provides an interesting twist to intercity university campuses.

Formulating a composition of objects that “represents a three-dimensional re-learning of humanistic values”, OMA’s Bocconi Urban Campus proposal sets the stage for Homo Economicus. Two clusters of independent buildings – an “extroverted” new school of management and the “introverted” a-frame student housing tower – are centered around a public amphitheater topped by a canopy of “architectural” umbrellas. While the thirteen story tower shelters the more intimate campus programs and acts as a backdrop to the boisterous new school, all spaces remain permeable to the activities of the surrounding city and establish the most appropriate and stimulating connection.

More photos of OMA’s proposal after the break…

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Competition: Bocconi University Competition
Project Name: Bocconi Urban Campus Proposal
Architects: OMA
Architect In Charge: OMA
Partner In Charge: Rem Koolhaas
Associate In Charge: Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
Team: Paul Cournet, Alice Gregoire, Ricardo Guedes, Barbara Materia, Francesco Moncada, Pietro Pagliaro, Silvia Sandor, Miguel Taborda
Client: Bocconi University
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold – Wolf Mangelsdorf
Mep And Sustainability: Buro Happold – Paolo Cresci
Local Architect: Studio Nonis – Fabio Nonis
Urban Planning: Laboratorio Permanente – Nicola Russi
Traffic: TRM Engineering – Michele Rossi
Costs: GAD – Gianpiero Aresi
Model Photography: Frans Parthesius
Renderings: Tegmark
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of OMA

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA" 11 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>