Redevelopment of “Campus Leonardo” at Milan Polytechnic University (Italy)

Renzo Piano has initiated the redevelopment project of Milan Polytechnic University Architecture Campus, in the north block of Piazzale Leonardo Da Vinci.

The enhancement of the historic buildings, “Trifoglio” and “Nave” with design by Giordano Forti, Giò Ponti and Piero Portaluppi in the 1950s as well as work by Viganò in the 1970s, has become a significant element of the redevelopment project.

The project includes three new buildings dedicated to teaching, the refurbishing of outdoor spaces, the revitalization of greenery while the entire area is planned to be open and accessible to the outside. The new volumes occupy the space created by the demolition of existing buildings unrelated to those of architectural value in Viganò and Ponti.

Building A, located near the access walkway at via Bonardi, boasts large windows and houses modelling workshops. The roof-top is directly accessible from the outside.

Building B, with 5 floors, is dedicated to teaching and connects to the “Trefoil” glass structure with gallery passages all around.

Building C, for teaching and research, is located to the east of the “Nave” and follows the design characteristics of the Model Workshop with an accessible roof.

All the buildings are made with steel structures and floors in X-Lam.

Client

Politecnico di Milano

Date

2017 – In progress

Amount

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Design

RPBW – Renzo Piano con Ottavio Di Blasi & Partners e Studio Giorgetta