Milan and Cortina are about to begin preparations for the next Winter Olympics to be held in 2026.
After choosing the logo, now the city of Milan is preparing to welcome athletes from all over the world, upgrading some areas of the city.
The architectural firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro, PLP Architecture and Carlo Ratti Associati have in fact already revealed in advance a project that will transform a railway yard located in Porta Romana into a park and the athletes’ village for the next Winter Olympics.
Our team’s goal was to maintain the industrial heritage of this recovery site, rather than turning it into a sterilized blank slate.
The project winners decided to reclaim the large railroad yard that divided the area for more than a century, introducing a new green park and connective fabric that links the area to the city center.
The project interprets the site’s industrial heritage, reviving it with contemporary programs focused on an ethic of sustainability. A large, welcoming public space rich in biodiversity will give the city a new green lung built in keeping with the Paris Climate Accords and Green Deal Europe.
But the architects have thought and designed a new conversion of the spaces that will take place at the end of the games, when all the athletes will return home. The village in fact will be transformed into a new residential center with housing, commercial buildings and new green spaces.
While waiting for 2026 Milan and Cortina begin to make themselves beautiful, converting those spaces until now little used, not forgetting the sustainability but rather putting it in first place. Here are the first renderings of the project that will definitely transform the Porta Romana area.