Sustainability and quality of facilities for an innovative University Campus: the arch. Filippo Taidelli of the FTA studio has completed the Campus Humanitas University of Milan with the new student residences. Inaugurated in 2017 and surrounded by a tissue of local green systems, the project has the goal to create an educative environment where the wellbeing of the student, largely international, is central.
The Humanitas University Campus in Pieve Emanuele, next to Milan, has rapidly become in the last years one of the most renowned Italian and European faculties of Medicine, surgery, nursing, and physiotherapy, based on an innovative teaching system. Therefore, the project of the Campus, by the arch. Filippo Taidelli, aimed to create an innovative and welcoming campus for the 1200 students from 31 different countries that live there daily they educational experience.
The Campus consists of 3 buildings of about 25,000 square meters, along with high-tech classrooms, a digital library, and a 2,000-square-metre Simulation Lab, one of the largest and most technological in Europe.
In this context, the inauguration of the Mario Luzzato Student House, at the south-east side of the Campus, completes the project of a location where energy saving and environmental sustainability meets wellbeing.
The project, realized in just one year with a budget of 11millions euro, was developed in full compliance with dimension and quality standards, allowing a major saving on construction costs.
The student residences are composed of two compact 5-storey towers, connected by a lower and transparency central body that allows a visual permeability through the building towards the park and the surrounding fields.
The interior design is divided into a ground floor dedicated to public and communal functions (bar, restaurant, games room, tv room, and fitness room) and the upper floors where the 240 beds are divided into 62 apartments and 23 rooms. On the top of the central body, the roof accommodates a large green terrace, an open-air extension of the communal kitchen, while outside the large square near the entrance is aimed to host informal public activities.
The whole project is therefore finalized to create a space that promotes integration and exchanges between young people of different cultures.
Finally, sustainability was the key element of the project: the most modern standards in terms of technology and environmental comfort were used in order to achieve CENED A3 energy class. Highly efficient photovoltaic panels, active systems such as groundwater heat pumps, controlled mechanical ventilation systems are combined with the orientation and form of the buildings that reduce heat loss in winter and increase the amount of solar energy in summer.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Picture by Andrea Martiradonna.