Competition for Porta Romana railway yard Masterplan in Milan


COIMA SGR S.p.A. on behalf of the Porta Romana Fund – reserved Alternative Real Estate Mutual Investment Fund (Fondo Porta Romana – Fondo Comune di Investimento Alternativo Immobiliare) owned by Covivio, Prada Holding S.p.A. and COIMA ESG City Impact Fund, in its capacity as winner of the competitive public procedure for the acquisition of the areas covered by the Masterplan, is organizing an International Competition for the preparation of the Masterplan for the regeneration of the Porta Romana railway yard in Milan.

The Competition concerns the area of the Porta Romana Railway Yard consisting of 216,779 m², with the aim of drafting the guiding Masterplan for the regeneration of the Porta Romana railway yard in Milan as described in the Invitation to the Competition and the Guidelines which, together with the schedules thereto, form an integral part of this Invitation to the Competition.

Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.a., FS Sistemi Urbani S.r.l. and RFI S.p.a., along with the Municipality of Milan and the Region of Lombardy, have entered into a Program Agreement for the urban transformation of the railway areas that are decommissioned and in the process of being decommissioned, located in the Municipality of Milan. The areas covered are those of the railway yards of Farini, Porta Romana, Porta Genova, Lambrate, Greco-Breda, Rogoredo and S. Cristoforo. The Program Agreement, under art. 9, paragraph 2, has provided for, with reference to the Porta Romana railway yard, and with a view to fostering a comparison among various solutions and improving the quality of the interventions, an obligation to hold open competitions for the drafting of Masterplans to serve for the subsequent implementation phase to be conducted under private initiative. The competitive procedure will be conducted in accordance with art. 8 of the Building Regulation currently in force for the Municipality of Milan.

The jury of the Competition, is composed by Gregg Jones (Design Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects) as President, Manfredi Catella (CEO & Founder, Coima), Alexei Dal Pastro (CEO Italy, Covivio), Carlo Mazzi (President, Prada S.p.A.), Simona Collarini (Director of General Urban Planning Department, Comune di Milano), Bruno Finzi (President of the Order of Engineers, Milan Province), Laura Montedoro (Associate Professor, Architecture and Urban Studies Department, Politecnico di Milano) and as deputies Ezio Micelli (Full Professor of Estimo and Economic Evaulation of the Projects, Università IUAV di Venezia) and Carlotta Penati (Counselor of the Order of Engineers, Milan Province).

The shortlisted finalists, who will now be required to draw up the masterplan of the Porta Romana railway yard in the second phase of the competition, are:
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Buro Happold, Atelier Ten, MIC - Mobility in Chain, Atelier Verticale, Ubistudio, SCE Project
Cobe A/S, SD Partners S.R.L., TRM Group S.R.L., AKT II, Hilson Moran, Urban Foresight
John McAslan + Partners, Meinhardt, Barker Langham, Makower Architects, Urbn’ita, MVVA, ESA Engineering
OUTCOMIST, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, PLP Architecture, Carlo Ratti Associati, Gross. Max, Nigel Dunnett Studio, Arup, Portland Design, Systematica, Studio Zoppini, Aecom, Land, Artelia
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Europe) LLP – SOM, Michel Desvigne Paysagiste (MDP), TSPOON, Work in Progress srl. (WiP), Drees & Sommer (DRESO), Elisabetta Lazzaro, United Consulting srl
Studio Paola Viganò, Inside Outside, OFFICE KGDVS, Piovenefabi, Ambiente Italia, F&M Ingegneria, TPS PRO, Antonella Faggiani - Smart Land Srl

The finalists are invited to participate in the second phase of the competition, which will be completed on March 31, 2021 with the subsequent communication of the winning project. The Masterplan selected at the end of the second phase will be the subject of a public debate phase envisaged by the Program Agreement, and of a technical analysis of the observations conducted jointly by the Organizing Body and the Municipality, which will be able to contribute to integrate and elaborate the project presented.