100-year-old railway yard turned into a green space

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100-year-old railway yard turned into a green space

Parco Romana is an urban-scale redevelopment project in Milan’s Porta Romana district. The international team behind includes OUTCOMIST, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, PLP Architecture, Carlo Ratti Associati and Arup. They have just won a competition with its design and beat 46 other teams representing almost 330 studios.

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The Parco Romana design reinterprets a 100-year-old train station. It brings together an urban space that was split by the railway station, connecting the surrounding neighborhoods with a neighborhood of mixed use.

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A rendering of a park with two people walking in it

Parco Romana will revolve around a central large park, which creates an accessible and multifunctional green area for the neighborhood. The Suspended Forest, a linear elevated greenway to be built on existing rail infrastructure, will contain hundreds of trees hanging over hiking trails. A wetland and forest area integrated with communal gardens will run along the tracks in the soil surface.

A green garden space with people working on it

The selected team collaborates with Gross.Max, Nigel Dunnett Studio and LAND for landscape design, Systematica for mobility, Studio Zoppini and Aecom for Olympics Advisory, Artelia on technical advice and Portland Design for fire and history development. A consortium including COIMA, Covivio and Prada Holding will develop the park.

More people are milling around under the symbol of the Olympics

On the western outskirts, a mixed residential area will temporarily house athletes for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan. After the Olympics, it will be adapted to a permanent multi-generational housing community. This area also houses a large public space with space for outdoor exercise, food trucks, co-working and public events.

An indoor courtyard with glass ceiling filters light into the building

“Parco Romana brings the latest thinking about the 15-minute city to Milan with the aim of providing everything necessary for everyday life within a short walk of the district’s living and working environments,” said Carlo Ratti Associati. “A focus on pedestrians and cycling minimizes reliance on cars and activates new paths to and through the site, forming corridors integrated with new public spaces that serve as natural gathering places at the intersection of major pedestrian routes.”

A grove of trees with people walking through them

Parco Romana will build its society around the values ​​of decarbonisation, climate adaptation, resilient societies, health and well-being, circular economy and biodiversity. The design will make full use of low-carbon construction and renewable energy.

+ Carlo Ratti Associati

Photos via Carlo Ratti Associati

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