Turin University Faculty Building | Foster + Partner

Turin University Faculty Building | Foster + Partner

A project that was started in 2009 has finally come to completion, the result, the Turin University Faculty Building by Foster + Partners, a sweeping structure that is environmentally and site conscious while still making a statement. The complex is shaped in a triangular fashion as a reinterpretation of a traditional cloistered quadrangle often seen in University planning and takes up an area of 44,928 square meters.
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Cut away from the built form is a round uncovered courtyard space designed to be used as informal event space as well as to provide opportunities for more public interaction and gatherings.
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
The façade and exterior of the building is characterized by brushed metal bands and ribbons of sky-reflecting glazing that keeps the structure from looking too sculpturesque. The building is set to accommodate 5,000 students and house the faculties of law and political science for the University, all set within two volumes lined by a single canopy.
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
The canopy, with its large overhang, was designed to introduce effective passive cooling strategies. This feature in combination with the intelligent building systems and tri-generation heating and cooling will allow the facility to use twenty percent less energy than other buildings of the same size and function.
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Around the facility sensitivity to the site was, both historical and environmental, can be seen through the rounded edges of the built structures as well as the landscaping around the facility. A landmark hardscaping measure employs 7200 photocatalytic paving tiles that help neutralize the movement of pollutants like dust. Bordered by a meandering green 'philosopher's walk', the design encourages pedestrian movement through linking pathways and easy access to local rail and bus services, while still providing roof gardens and light-filled quiet study spaces.
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
project info:
appointment: 2007 completion: 2013 area: 44 928 m² client: università degli studi di torino collaborating architect: icis srl structural engineer: giugiaro architettura, studio garzino, studio ossola quantity surveyor: tecnimont civil construction spa additional consultants: electrical and special systems: maire engineering (now tecnimont) and teksystem mechanical systems: maire engineers quality insurance: tecnimont civil construction spa safety control: tecnimont civil construction spa signage design: cp associates
By Kristin Hoover
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

You may also like -

                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Cultural Heritage .
                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture

                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 

                 Mosul - Iraq .

E-mail:        emadhanee@yahoo.com
Tel :           +964 (0)770 164 93 74