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Laude Living Bologna


In the heart of Bologna, a 20-minute walk from the university district, the new Sky Student Housing is designed by Open Project. The new student residence is 16 floors high, with one level below grade, for an overall area of over 15.000 sqm and over 500 rooms.

  • Hospitality
  • BIM
  • Concrete
  • Façade Engineering
  • LEED
  • Structural Design
  • Student Housing
  • Sustainability
Concept DesignTP BennettTechnical Design and Construction SupervisionOpen Project
ClientStonehill GroupLocationBolognaArea15000 sqmYear2018 — 2022
CertificationsLEED® Gold (target)
East façade
East façade
Inner court
Inner court

Located within the Bolognina district, the building Via Serlio 28 is composed of a square volume and tower. It has a quadrilateral base with an inner courtyard from the ground level up to the third floor. The base is topped with a slender tower that rises from floors 4 through 15. The elevations are simple and rational: established by alternating glazed openings and opaque portions in correspondence with the inner room layouts. The colors used in the façade were carefully studied to reflect Bologna’s urban historic buildings.

The project is within a regeneration area of the city, embedded within the existing city fabric. The new building is anchored by the central courtyard, the heart of the Sky Student Housing. In fact, both private accommodations and common areas unfold around the courtyard. These have been designed to represent real spaces of aggregation and community and therefore they have been placed at the basement, ground floor, and top floor of the student housing residence.

On the ground floor, residents and visitors can take advantage of the various spaces open to the public such as the bar-cafeteria, the lounge area, the study room, and service areas, such as the reception and mailroom. Similarly, the basement and 15th floor offer various spaces for residents, such as common kitchens, gym, cinema room, yoga room and laundry facilities.

The student rooms located in the west and south wings are set back from the façade, due to a corridor that serves as an acoustic barrier. Within the central tower, the distribution corridor is located internally and opens on the stairwells, thus the rooms at these floors are placed along the facades looking outwards. The accommodation, study rooms and private dining areas are powered by eco-friendly low-impact heating systems and highly efficient intelligent energy saving systems. The building is expected to be certified LEED Gold.

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