David Chipperfield to convert old barracks into University of Padua campus - architecture and design

David Chipperfield to convert old barracks into University of Padua campus



David Chipperfield's Milan office has won a contest to design a new campus for one of the world's oldest surviving universities.
David Chipperfield Architects and engineering company Steam were selected to design a campus of social and economic sciences for the University of Padua, which is the fifth-oldest surviving university on the globe.
They were chosen ahead of leading firms Foster + Partners, Barozzi Veiga, Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, Sauerbruch Hutton and Bak Gordon.
The campus will include renovated old buildings and a new elliptical pavilion
The PiaveFutura campus will take over the former Caserma Piave barracks ? a disused 50,000-square-metre site in the southwest of the city.
Like most of the university's existing facilities, which date back to the 13th century, the new campus will be located within the old city walls.
Chipperfield's design involves renovating the old buildings on the site and inserting a new elliptical pavilion at their centre.
The old buildings will accommodate teaching, research and administration. Meanwhile the new structure will create more open study areas, conference facilities and dining spaces.
The new structure will contain study areas, conference facilities and dining spaces
"The architectural concept is rooted in the idea of a building that will serve both the university and the city, acting as a 'social condenser'," explained David Chipperfield Architects.
"Reference to the historic architecture of Padua, such as Prato...
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