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Laude Living Bologna


In the heart of Bologna, a 15-minute walk from the university district, the new Laude Living Bologna is designed by Open Project. The student residence is 16 floors high, with one level below grade, for an overall area of about 20.000 sqm and over 500 rooms.

  • Hospitality
  • BIM
  • Concrete
  • Façade Engineering
  • LEED
  • Regeneration
  • Structural Design
  • Student Housing
  • Sustainability
Concept DesignTP BennettTechnical Design and Construction SupervisionOpen Project
ClientStonehillLocationBolognaArea20000 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 Laude Living Bologna. 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, the residents can take advantage of the various common spaces 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 shared, such as common kitchens, gym, cinema room, yoga room and laundry facilities.

The accommodations, with their particular structure of mini-apartments, are fully autonomous and equipped with private kitchen and bathroom. In particular, those located in the west and south wings are set back from the façade line, thanks to a corridor that acts as an acoustic buffer, ensuring a quiet environment. In the tower block, on the other hand, the corridor opens onto the stairwells and the rooms face outward.

The mini-apartments, study rooms and private dining areas are powered by eco-friendly heating systems and highly efficient intelligent energy-saving systems that can be controlled remotely via BMS. In fact, LEED® Gold certification is planned for the building.

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