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Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA

Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

Looking to redefine the relationship between students, buildings and the city of Milan, 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...

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
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Courtesy of OMA
  • Competition

    Bocconi University Competition
  • Project Name

    Bocconi Urban Campus Proposal
  • Architect in Charge

  • 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

  • Project Year

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA" 11 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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archi · February 13, 2013

Johnson Wax?

vahid · February 12, 2013

influence of jencks award

Agustín · February 12, 2013

Looks like a very chaotic but interesting proposal


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