The ICS Milan Symbiosis campus had to stop work briefly, due to the Covid-19 crisis, but progress has now resumed and the school is continuing to grow, preparing to welcome its new students in a spacious, highly  technological environment that has been designed with the student experience in mind – bringing together children aged two to 18, from across all school cycles.

The School is committed, together with the Municipality of Milan, the Metropolitan City and Convivio, to turn this area in a true, buzzing cultural district. It is located on the corner of Viale Ortles and Via Gargano, south of Milan. This is an area that is undergoing rapid urban regeneration and in which recent important interventions; the Prada Foundation project signed by OMA is one example. The entire neighbourhood is benefiting from improved quality of the built environment and is attracting a diverse population.

The ICS Milan campus, designed by renowned architects Barreca & La Varra, creators of the award-winning Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) spreads over an area of approximately 7,500 sqm and the ground floor will host all the communal activities such as the canteen, gym, semi-Olympic sized swimming pool and auditorium.  The campus has open outdoor spaces along the south and west sides, including a garden with a soccer field, athletics track and a long jump pit. The main building contains 36 classrooms and 13 laboratories; and spaces dedicated to specialised activities and the administrative department.

This landmark school building was designed specifically according to students’ desires – they were asked “How do you imagine your ideal school?”. They wished for a happy and creative space, a place to meet people and experience life, even after the bell rings.

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ICS School Milano, via Ortles. Foto di Ugo De Berti,


Committente e project management: Covivio Development Spa SIINQ

Concept, progetto architettonico, direzione artistica, interior design, landscape design: Barreca & La Varra

DL generale: SCE PROJECT

RL: Società Italiana di Ingegneria e Servizi Srl

progetto facciate: Maffeis Engineering srl

DL facciate: Studio di Ingegneria Rigone

progetto e DL strutture: Milano Engineering

progetto e DL impianti, acustica, VVF, invarianza idraulica: ESA Engineering

CSP e CSE: Sicurcantieri Co. Srl

impresa affidataria: Setten Genesio Spa, Bouygues E&S InTec Italia Spa, Metalsigma Tunesi Spa


18 / 06 / 20