The project for the Porta Romana area that will host the Olympic Village during the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo was unveiled on Thursday. “We’re taking the opportunity of the games, for a large real estate development in the southern part of Milan,” said the mayor Beppe Sala.
Sometimes cities can successfully repurpose parts of their Olympic set-ups. Oftentimes these colossal investments are torn down or abandoned. In this case, the village is planned to be transformed into a sustainable and digital-conscious student residence, and public spaces for educational and cultural activities.
The district will see a major transformation with an urban-scale green redevelopment, which should be ready by July 2025. Stitching together a fragmented urban realm, ‘Parco Romana’ will introduce a welcoming public space rich with biodiversity, centered along a large urban park and green corridors that will connect playgrounds, urban gardens, stores, and a suspended forest (on the latter, an evaluation of technical and economic feasibility is underway). It will reclaim a large railway yard that has divided the area for more than a century.
The proposal is aligned with the protocols of the Paris agreement, the European Green Deal, and the National Recovery and Resilience.
The project stands as the winning competition entry designed by an international team that includes OUTCOMIST, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, PLP Architecture, Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), and Arup, and is being developed by a consortium that includes COIMA, Covivio, and Prada Holding.
190,000 m² will see the redevelopment of the already partially disused railway area, of which 100,000 m² will be used as a park, curated by Prada.