Campus Einaudi Turin

Architecture and functionality of a building are inextricably linked to the layout solutions of the aggregate areas.
For what concerns the Einaudi Campus, the importance of these issues is evident in the main distribution nodes, where attention to the architecture of service spaces has been increased.

Above a large skylight closes the top of the atrium onto which face the inside views of the offices.
The quality of this central space is enriched by the work of art created by the artist Riki Ferrero, almost a parallel with the Hearst Tower, designed by Foster + Partners
in New York in 2006. There, a large atrium wall hosts the artwork by Richard Long, a visual artist, leading exponent of the Land Art.

Campus Einaudi Turin
Norman Foster and Partners
Norman Foster and Partners
Norman Foster was born in Manchester, England in 1935. After graduating from Manchester university school of architecture and city planning in 1961, which he entered at age 21, he won a fellowship to Yale University where he gained a masters degree in architecture and where he got to know Richard Rogers. They became very close friends and in 1963 he worked with him and Sue Rogers, Gorgie Wolton and his wife, Wendy Foster, as a member of 'team 4' until foster associates was found in 1967 (now known as foster and partners).Since its inception the practice has received more than 190 awards and citations for excellence and has won over 50 national and international competitions. 1968 - 1983 cooperation with Buckminster Fuller on a number of projects. Foster was awarded the RIBA royal gold medal in 1983, and in 1990 the RIBA trustees medal was made for the Willis Faber Dumas building. He was knighted in 1990, and received the gold medal of the AIA in 1994. He was appointed officer of the order of the arts and letters by the ministry of culture in France in 1994. In 1999 Sir Norman Foster has been honoured with a life peerage, taking the title Lord Foster Of Thames Bank, and in the same year he was awarded the prestigious 21st Pritzker architecture prize. His remarkable buildings and urban projects have transformed cityscapes, renewed transportation systems and restored city centres all over the world. many of these aesthetically and technologically groundbreaking projects are based on ecology - conscious concepts, setting new standards for the interaction of buildings with their environment.
Campus Einaudi Turin

Campus Einaudi Turin

This project has transformed an abandoned industrial area into a new cultural forum for the city

Project Specs

  • Location: Torino
  • Completed: 2013
  • Contractor Sinergie S.c.a r.l.
  • Photographer: Piermario Ruggeri


Campus Einaudi Turin


The ribbon window system is born with the Modern Movement in the twenties of the last century, and it has now been developed in all its possible variations during the 100 years since its origin.

Yet, as demonstrated by this building, it is still possible make it the most innovative architectural component of the project.
Correct proportions and consistent details fit effortlessly with the free curvatures of the buildings. The final effect is one of the most technological and modern façade, which is resolved in every detail, despite the sobriety of the used materials.

Designed by

Norman Foster and Partners Architects

The idea of Foster + Partners replaces the planned pavilions layout of the preliminary studies of the University, with two groups of buildings unified by a single roof canopy. The strong identity of this project has immediately set a “land mark” for its originality.

The geometric complexity of the layout, which originates from the free volumes designed by Foster + Partners, has led to a sophisticated internal spatial differentiation and to innovative solutions developed to give formal unity.

The potentially monotonous sequence of more than 330 offices, which occupy the 40% of the project, becomes lively by means of the curved shape of the corridors and the common areas and, through their transparencies, they open interesting views towards the inner courtyard and the city.

The same positive principle applies to the fully glazed walkways which connect the buildings and which are an original architectural feature of this project. Borrowing the successful term coined by the architects Gabetti and Isola for their building at the Politecnico of Turin, one can speak of “urban windows”: large cuts, which create unique sinuous volumes and de ne glimpses of views and transparencies.