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Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA

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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...

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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
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of OMA
Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Bocconi Urban Campus / OMA" 11 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/330847/bocconi-urban-campus-oma/>