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...
CompetitionBocconi University Competition
Project NameBocconi Urban Campus Proposal
Architect in ChargeOMA
Partner in ChargeRem Koolhaas
Associate in ChargeIppolito Pestellini Laparelli
TeamPaul Cournet, Alice Gregoire, Ricardo Guedes, Barbara Materia, Francesco Moncada, Pietro Pagliaro, Silvia Sandor, Miguel Taborda
Structural EngineerBuro Happold – Wolf Mangelsdorf
MEP and SustainabilityBuro Happold – Paolo Cresci
Local ArchitectStudio Nonis – Fabio Nonis
Urban PlanningLaboratorio Permanente – Nicola Russi
TrafficTRM Engineering - Michele Rossi
CostsGAD – Gianpiero Aresi
Model PhotographyFrans Parthesius
PhotographsCourtesy of OMA