Human Technopole and Arexpo present the project for the Human Technopole Campus and the new building that will contain the research labs. The Milan-based firm Piuarch is the winner of an international design competition

Ten stories, over 16,500 square meters for scientific research laboratories, with 3000 square meters of terraces and green rooftops: these are some of the characteristics of the new building of Human Technopole, the Italian research institute for life sciences in Milan inside MIND (Milano Innovation District). The construction will be the headquarters of the scientific laboratories and the center of the Human Technopole Campus, i.e. the entire area of the research center, where the new building is the main presence.

The name of the winner of the international competition for the design of the building and the campus was announced today by Fondazione Human Technopole and Arexpo: the architecture firm Piuarch.

The campus, which also includes existing structures like Palazzo Italia, the iconic building of Expo Milano 2015, and the North and South Pavilions, will have an area of over 11,000 m2. The project also specifies how the zones of connection will be developed, with the parts pertaining to the new building and the links to external areas.

The building itself will be ready in about three years. It will have an overall area of 35,000 m2 and a height of 61 meters at its tallest point. The facility will contain laboratories of biochemistry and molecular biology, avant-garde scientific instruments including optical microscopes, space for expansion of the cryogenic electron microscopy division, and up to 800 workstations for researchers. There will also be large communal spaces, meeting rooms and halls for events and training programs.

"In a particular moment like the present, we are proud to contribute to the creation of a new structure for scientific research and human wellbeing, themes that require maximum attention and commitment, today more than ever before,” the studio Piuarch said in a statement. "Human beings are the fulcrum of our project, destined to be a place of exchange of knowledge and dialogue, a space we imagine as a fundamental part of the rebirth of Milan."