Public lecture by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, 4 December 2007.
Followed by a discussion led by Gabriele Mastrigli, architecture critic, Rome
Milan, Italy, 2001–2007
Sited a 20-minute walk from the Duomo, this project-accommodating an auditorium space for 1000 people, together with research offices for 1000 professors-creates a building at the scale of the city. The building acts as a filter between the city and the University. A floating canopy of office spaces forms an inhabited roof to allow the space of the city to overlap with the life of the University. In contrast, the auditorium space forms an underground that is spatially solid, dense and carved. The public space of the auditorium occupies street frontage to assert a symbolic presence that registers the prestigious status of the University within the city.