New Architecture campus

The building process that has concerned the area around Via Bonardi from the post-war period onwards has generated an extensive overload of buildings without following any unified design and characterised by a scant environmental quality and an inadequate availability of spaces. Due to this, the University has embarked on a rearrangement and redevelopment intervention on the area with a view to enhancing the building quality and the functionality; the plan is to increase the open and study spaces available to students and improve the environmental quality through the creation of extensive green spaces. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni and the supporters of the Politecnico, in the months preceding the start of works as many as EUR 6-million have been collected through crowdfunding: an extraordinary result in a country like Italy where such a form of diffuse funding is not so widely practised.

The project

The new University Campus stems from an idea of Renzo Piano donated to Politecnico di Milano and from the enhancement and development of the original idea from the ODB-OTTAVIO DI BLASI & Partners studio. The project proposes a wide-ranging rethinking of the Via Bonardi Campus spaces, modelled especially on students’ needs, making the campus open, international, a carrier of avant-garde ideas, and revolving around three pivotal aspects:

  • the green: the new campus will be characterised by a large quantity of trees and green spaces 
  • the relationship with the historic buildings, which will be respected, restoring their original appearance
  • the accessible terraces: the roofs of the low buildings will be susceptible of use for outdoor activities and events

The basement level, that of the Architecture patio, is the place experienced the most as aggregation centre. The idea thus arose of four new buildings at this level, sufficiently low to ensure the perfect visibility from the road of the pre-existing Giò Ponti buildings. The new buildings will host a state-of-the-art architectural modelling lab, digital and design technologies, in addition to classrooms and supplementary study areas, for a total 4.200 square metres. 

The old models lab, colloquially known as "Submarine", will be eliminated to make room for a new open space to be lived in an aggregative form: A wood of as many as 8.000 square metres, which will link the Architecture patio directly with the "Trifoglio" ("Clover") and the “Nave” (“Ship”), in a continuum of open and closed spaces, where the roofs of the new buildings, too, will be accessible, with the resultant elimination of cement and internal parking spaces. 

Turning the cities into better places means opening up the environments, flooding them with lights, creating “urban life” places such as the new green space, shared with the city and open to all and sundry. The purposes of the project are accordingly:

  • development of a green connective fabric capable of establishing relationships between old and new Campus buildings
  • creation of a place of excellence consistently with the international ambitions of the Politecnico
  • development of a Models Lab symbolising the University’s “know-how” capacity
  • increased provision of study-spaces, teaching spaces and open spaces 
  • enhancement of the historic buildings found on campus

Interventions underway

  • Lift activation to access Building 14 (“Nave”), via Ponzio entrance. During the opening hours, the access to the lift is free. During the closing time the call button is turned off; for this reason, it is necessary to use the badge (if active) or to contact the reception through the intercom. The access to the lift from inside the campus is always open
  • Opening of a new access to Poliprint through a temporary staircase in via Bonardi, on Building 12 side
  • Closure of the connection tunnel between Leonardo and Bonardi
  • Restoration of the facades of building 12 and construction of the new entrance from the parterre floor
  • Internal restructuring of the building 13 Trifoglio
  • Construction of the new underground technical room behind the Trifoglio

NB: Politecnico di Milano, in agreement with student representatives, is seeking to minimise the inconvenience and is striving to ensure new spaces for the students. An updated report on the availability of study spaces will always be provided on the page: Study areas.

Finalised interventions

In this section, completed interventions will be mentioned:

  • Excavation for the new Building B
  • Realization of a closing fence of Building 11 - Starting on Monday 2 July it will no longer be possible to pass from Building 11 to the area in front of Building 13 (Trifoglio) and vice versa
  • Preparation of the external route toward via Ponzio
  • Demolition of the 13A "Tender" Building
  • Demolition of Building 12 - Sottomarino
  • Demolition of the "trullo"
  • Demolition of the walkways linking Buildings 11 and 12
  • Demolition of the walkways linking Buildings 13 and 14 and of ramp 2 – portion of the access walkway from Via Bonardi. Building 14 will be accessible through the entrance at the basement floor
  • External and internal demolition of the Northern part of Building 16-Ex Mauro (the South part toward Via Bonardi remains in place)
  • Demolition of a section of the walkway from via Bonardi to building 13 (Trifoglio)
  • Adaptation and reinforcement of the Building 13
  • Internal demolition in Building 11 (M1 and M2 rooms)
  • Excavation for the new Building A
  • Building B Foundations works
  • Works execution inside Building 12

Credits

Project name: International Architecture Campus
From an idea and with the participation of: Renzo Piano
Design and implementation supervisor: Arch. Ottavio Di Blasi
Responsible Official: Arch. Riccardo Licari Manager of Technical Construction Area of Politecnico di Milano
Framework Agreement Project manager: Dr. Francesco Vitola ATE Politecnico di Milano

RENEWAL OF CAMPUS PARTERRE, REALIZATION OF NEW BUILDINGS A, B, C AND STUDENT LOBBY

Responsible Official: Arch. Riccardo Licari Manager of Technical Construction Area of Politecnico di Milano
Project manager: Eng. Gianluca Noto ATE Politecnico di Milano

Final project

Responsible for the design: Arch. Ottavio di Blasi ODB

Design team:

  • Architectural and integrated design: ODB - Ottavio Di Blasi & Partners
  • Responsible for the Design: Arch. Ottavio di Blasi - Ottavio Di Blasi & Partners
  • Structure design: Eng. Maurzio Milan - Milan Engineering
  • Plant design: Eng. Luca Stefanutti - Tekne S.p.a.
  • Landscape: Arch. Franco Giorgetta - Studio Giorgetta
  • Computation: Surveyor Giovanni Lentinu - Studio Lentinu
  • Acoustic checks: Eng. Dario Paini, ConsultingManagement - Eng. Ezio Rendina
  • Fire prevention project: Studio Mistretta
  • Safety coordinator during the design phase: Arch. Sergio Colombo - Technical Construction Area

Executive Design

Responsible for the design: arch. Nicola Cantarelli AEGIS srl

Design team:

  • Design Supervisor: Arch. Ottavio di Blasi - ODB & Partners
  • Responsible for the Design: Arch. Nicola Cantarelli - AEGIS srl
  • Coordinator of the design team: Arch. Eleonora Zucchelli - AEGIS srl
  • Responsible for architectural aspects: Arch. Maurizio Pavani - MATE soc. coop.
  • Architectural project coordinator: Arch. Ilario Chiarel - MATE soc. coop.
  • Responsible person for structures: Eng. Emilio Bona Veggi - MATE soc. coop.
  • Project coordinator Structure: Eng. Stefano Tortella - AEGIS srl
  • Responsible person for electrical and special systems: Eng. Donato Romano - ETS spa
  • Responsible person for thermo-mechanical systems: Eng. Giambattista Pairetti - ETS spa
  • Safety coordinator during the design phase: Arch. Eugenio Sagliocca - AEGIS srl

Works Management

Work manager: arch. Marco Medizza ATE Politecnico di Milano

Work Management Office:

  • Operating Officer and Building site inspector for civil works: Surveyor Serafino Celestino ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for structural works: Eng. Cinzia Cordiè ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for Mechanical systems: Eng. Loredano Finessi ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for Electrical systems: Eng. Fabio Innao ATE Politecnico di Milano

RENEWAL AND REGULATORY ADAPTATION BUILDING 13 TRIFOGLIO

Responsible Official: Arch. Riccardo Licari Manager of Technical Construction Area of Politecnico di Milano
Project manager: Eng. Gianluca Noto ATE Politecnico di Milano

Final project

Responsible for the design: arch. Marco Caprini, COPRAT

Design team:

  • Civil work project: Arch. Riccardo Salà - COPRAT
  • Structure project: Eng. Arch. Andrea A. Bassoli
  • Mechanical and fire-fighting system project: Ind. Exp. Daniele Ferrarini - COPRAT
  • Electrical system project: Ind. Exp. Gianni Andreani - COPRAT
  • Acoustic checks: ConsultingManagement - Eng. Ezio Rendina
  • Fire prevention project: R.T.I. DBA Progetti - Studio Tecnico Zaccarelli
  • Safety coordinator during the design phase: Arch. Sergio Colombo - Technical Construction Area

Executive design

Responsible for the design: arch. Nicola Cantarelli AEGIS srl

Design team:

  • Responsible for the design: Arch. Nicola Cantarelli - AEGIS srl
  • Coordinator of the design team: Arch. Eleonora Zucchelli - AEGIS srl
  • Responsible for architectural aspects: Arch. Maurizio Pavani - MATE soc. coop.
  • Architectural project coordinator: Arch. Ilario Chiarel - MATE soc. coop.
  • Responsible person for structures: Eng. Emilio Bona Veggi - MATE soc. coop.
  • Project coordinator Structure: Eng. Stefano Tortella - AEGIS srl
  • Responsible person for electrical and special systems: Eng. Donato Romano - ETS spa
  • Responsible person for thermo-mechanical systems: Eng. Giambattista Pairetti - ETS spa
  • Safety coordinator during the design phase: Arch. Eugenio Sagliocca - AEGIS srl

Works Management

Work Manager: arch. Sergio Colombo ATE Politecnico di Milano

Work Management Office:

  • Operating Officer and Building site inspector for civil works: Surveyor Cesare Colombo ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for structural works: Eng. Cinzia Cordiè ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for Mechanical systems: Eng. Loredano Finessi ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for Electrical systems: Eng. Fabio Innao ATE Politecnico di Milano

INTERNAL RENOVATION OF BUILDING 12

Responsible Official: Arch. Riccardo Licari Manager of Technical Construction Area of Politecnico di Milano
Project manager: Eng. Gianluca Noto ATE Politecnico di Milano

Final and executive project

Responsible for the design: arch. Antonella Piccarreta ATE
Scientific responsible person: Stefano Guidarini

Design team:

  • Electrical and special system design: Eng. Fabio Innao - Technical Construction Area
  • Thermo-mechanical system design: Eng. Giacomo Lebini - Technical Construction Area
  • Safety coordinator during the design phase: Arch. Luca Colacicco - Technical Construction
  • Area Acoustic checks: ConsultingManagement - Eng. Ezio Rendina

Works Management

Work Manager: arch. Antonella Piccarreta ATE Politecnico di Milano

Work Management Office:

  • Operating Officer and Building site inspector for civil works: arch. Luca Colacicco ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for Mechanical systems: Eng. Giacomo Lebini ATE Politecnico di Milano
  • Building site inspector for Electrical systems: Eng. Fabio Innao ATE Politecnico di Milano