Turin University’s new Campus Luigi Einaudi has an amazing façade with circular cut outs that create light-filled interior courtyards. Designed by Foster + Partners, the complex is a modern spin on the cloistered quadrangle that links two buildings with an expansive roof canopy. The new campus houses classrooms, lecture halls, a library, study areas and outdoor space for 5,000 students.
The glassy, aerodynamic buildings that make up the quadrangle both have access to the social quad courtyard. The eaves of the canopy roof hang over the courtyard, balancing natural light with a covered area to protect pathways from rain and the elements. The paving tiles are made from photocatalytic tiles, which help neutralize pollution on the grounds.
The entrance to the Law and Political Science Facility boasts a double-height atrium, allows daylight to reach every floor. The center is capped with a quiet roof garden, which is exposed to the sky through a cut out in the canopy.
Both of the centers have flexible learning spaces, with movable floor plates, walls and chairs in the auditorium. The facilities were designed to grow with the needs of the university, and to accommodate different curriculums and teaching styles.
The campus was designed as an oasis within the city, free from traffic and landscaped to be serene and relaxing. With built-in paths and pedestrian routes, the Campus Luigi Einaudi is an escape from the hectic concrete jungle for Turin University students.
Via Arch Daily