A new University Centre appeared in Bologna.
The works carried out by Er.Go., the Regional Agency for the Right to Higher Education in Emilia Romagna, have been executed in the area of the former fruit and vegetable market of Bologna and are the result of an important convention between the Municipality of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna and Er.Go.
The building occupies an area of 9.450 square meters, with 240 places for students, divided into different types of accommodation: studios, apartments and hotel-type rooms. There are many spaces for collective use such as study rooms, video projection rooms, music rooms, gym rooms.
The restaurant is facing the internal square surrounded by buildings. The building is also sided by a green area playing the role of a real climate park, with a significant influence on the building’s temperature control aspect, engineered with state-of-the-art design features in the area of energy saving, such as the installation of solar and photovoltaic panels. The use of eco-sustainable building methods characterizes also the construction of the roof and the enveloping of the structure, a “green” wall and a “green” roof that will provide an excellent natural insulation, combined with a pleasant external appearance.
”An ‘A+’ energy class building could not have adopted but environmentally sustainable materials” – revealed the engineers Carlo Monzani and Alessandro Busca from Studio Lenzi and Associates in Bologna, who oversaw the engineering works. “This is why we chose a lightweight concrete which, thanks to expanded clay, can be considered sustainable and resistant and with the help of which a 25 cm-thick flooring has been built. Among other things, this solution has, alongside resistance to compression, a better behaviour in case of fire than the concrete manufactured from traditional aggregates (siliceous limestone).”