A project for a new universitary campus

Project data

  • Status
  • Year
  • Tipology
    University Campus
  • Location
    Viganello, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Client
    SUPSI and USI
  • Budget
    70 million euro
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume
    22.200 sq m


Another one of Bellini’s “urban islands”.

A context of unexciting liveliness standing out only for the presence of green and the river suggests the idea of a free-form building covered by a façade of wooden slats running horizontally.

This building, which contains the general services, faces out onto the green and defines on one side the “internal square” of the campus.

A long connecting arcade, laid out in a semicircle, accompanies the other side of the square and connects the two buildings where the teaching halls are located: two “open courtyards” that correspond to the different needs of the functional programme.

The free forms of the service building contrasts with the rigid language of the buildings containing the teaching areas, once again stressing the need for dialectics between public and private parts in the costruction of the cities, even in the somewhat “isolated” one of student life.

– Ermanno Ranzani –


Mario Bellini Architects

Design Team
Mario Bellini with Loretto Buti

Project Team

Flavia Sandelewski, Alessandro Zufferli