Universita Luigi Bocconi, Milan – Grafton Architects

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Universita Luigi Bocconi Milan : Architecture

Milanese Education Building – design by Grafton Architects, Ireland

21 Feb 2009

Universita Luigi Bocconi

Location: Via Roberto Sarfatti, 25, Milan
Design: Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell / Grafton Architects

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photo : Federico Brunetti

Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 Finalist

The building was formally opened in the presence the Head of State of Italy, the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano on 31 October 2008. Speakers at the opening ceremony included Mario Monti President of Universita Bocconi, Letizia Moratti Mayor of Milan and Jose’ Manuel Barroso President of European Commission.

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A Piece of City

The idea was to make two worlds, one hovering over the other, with the space of the city flowing between.
We took the public space of the through the building bringing with it the stone floor of Milan.This opens the university to the life of the city.
The building feels like a city in miniature.

A Window to Milan

At the most public corner we made a ‘window’ to Mila. The aula magna occupies this corner asserting a symbolic presence and a register of the prestigious status of the University.
The widened pavement forms a new urban space, which reaches out to the city and beckons the visitor into the heart of the interior.

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Pictures : Federico Brunetti Photographer

A Place of Exchange.

The university is designed as a ‘place of exchange’ and Il Broletto, the medieval market building in the centre of Milan, was a reference point.

In order to make a grand space we thought about the research offices as beams of space, suspended to form a grand canopy, which filters light to all levels.
The offices form an inhabited roofscape.
The underground world is solid, dense and carved.

This floating canopy allows the space of the city to overlap with the life of the university. Allows internal and external public spaces to merge.

In search of gravity;
Responding to the character of Milan, hard on the outside, friendly on the inside, we have made an edge which is like a crusty ‘shield’, constructed in a robust material, Ceppo, the local stone of Milan.
We have worked this material in order to give a sense of depth, density and mass as is the quality of so many buildings in Milan.

Large concrete piers and wall beams at 25m centres support roof beams from which the offices, courtyards and gardens are hung.
The structure has an elemental heroic quality at the scale of the site.

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For both architectural and environmental reasons the Aula Magna and the Meeting Room volumes are expressed as solids, either embedded and rising out of the ground as is the case with the Aula, or cantilevered and floating over the street as is the case with the Meeting Rooms.
This solid edge forms a microclimate giving protection against solar gain from the west together with acoustic protection to the north.
The strategy of the labyrinth of courtyards provides natural ventilation and natural light to all of the offices and to some of the public spaces below.
A deep study of lighting levels coordinated with design of window systems and dimensions of glazed opening providing limited glare and solar gain with max light to the offices.
Opening windows in each office.
Artificial lighting can be modified accordingly with the external lighting levels
All the Energy for the heating system is provided by a ground source heat pump that uses the water table heat and has zero emission in the atmosphere.

Universita Luigi Bocconi : Competition Report + more images

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Universita Luigi Bocconi Milan – Building Information


Client: Universita’ Luigi Bocconi

Address: Viale Bligny corner Via Roentgen, Milano, Italy

Project: Completed October 2008
Competition: 2002
Site Construction: 2004-08

Universita’ Luigi Bocconi building in numbers

Total area 68.628 sqm
Floors above ground 6
Floors below ground 3
Working places 1.240
Aula magna seats 1.000
Foyer area 2.500 sqm
Exhibition space area 500 sqm
Car parking spaces 200
Offices 731
Meeting rooms 34
Rooms for IT equipment 11
“Coffee/break” rooms 8
Reinforcement for main structure (vertical only) 339 tons
Jet grouting, concrete injected 55.000 cubic metres
Tie rods for suspended slabs [office blocks] (vertical) 36.000 metres
Tie rods for post tension elements (horizontal) 302.000 metres
Concrete for foundation, 65.472 cubic metres
“Curtain wall” facades 20.520 sqm
Render [internal] 23.111 sqm
Internal partitions 15.253 sqm
Stone cladding 11.200 sqm
Stone flooring both internal and external + stairs 19.378 sqm

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