New building Bocconi University
Designed for the Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
"From an architectural point of view, the design hinges on
two basic ideas: floating volumes and diffuse natural lighting.
The floors of the Grafton building do not rest on pillars, but
are hung by steel cables from large roof beams - a structural
principle similar to those used for bridges. The effect is a
succession of open spaces, stairs and concrete elements that
seem suspended in the air. The visual impact is further lightened
by the generous presence of wide glass panels and openings that
convey natural light down to the basement. Internal courtyards,
hanging gardens and terraces on various levels are full of light,
thanks to the absence of pillars, and even the underground levels
enjoy natural near daylight. "
[text from Bocconi website]