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Architects chosen to design Milan Cortina 2026 Olympic Games village

The masterplan for the Milan Cortina 2026 Olympic village has been revealed
Project is led by a collective of architects and designers called Outcomist
Called Parco Romana, the project will transform the vast Porta Romana railway yard area in Milan, creating a Athletes’ Village and a large 100,000sq m public park
The 216,779sq m disused train depot will be "rehabilitated"

A global team of architects has been chosen to design the masterplan for the Milan Cortina 2026 Olympic village.

The team, called Outcomist, includes Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Arup, Nigel Dunnett Studio, Carlo Ratti Associati, Gross Max, Portland Design, Systematica, Studio Zoppini, Aecom, LAND, Artelia and PLP Architecture.

The project – called Parco Romana – will transform the vast Porta Romana railway yard area in Milan, creating a Athletes’ Village and a large 100,000sq m public park.

The 216,779sq m disused train depot will be "rehabilitated" and turned into a vibrant area linking the southeast area of Milan to the city center.

The athlete's village will occupy the south-west quadrant and the spaces for the athletes' accommodation will be "kept as simple and regular as possible", to allow maximum flexibility and their conversion into a residential component.

The decision to place the Olympic village in the south west was determined by its temporary function and by the future residential destination that will allow to maintain a general balance of the neighbourhood.

Following the games, the village will include social housing and offices and the development will also generate a rich biodiverse public space.

Outcomist beat 46 other submissions for the project and was picked from a final short list of six architectural teams.

The winning team was announced by Porta Romana – a real estate investment fund managed by Coima SGR and subscribed by Covivio and Prada Holding. Coima, Covivio and Prada won the tender for the €180m purchase of Porta Romana in November 2020.

"Parco Romana proposes a new model of integration between nature and city," the site owners described the plans.

"On the one hand, the project regenerates a railway axis, on the other, the development brings together residents, 2026 Olympics athletes and visitors in a community with its own identity."

The integrated planning of the neighbourhood encourages pedestrian travel, creating a car free area for gentle mobility.

The mix of public spaces and accessible paths hosts essential services and proximity trade as integral and living parts of the project.

The public park, Parco Romana, is described as the natural heart of the development, a "lawn without architectural barriers" that naturalises the former industrial site within the surrounding urban fabric, creating a new public asset which is rich in biodiversity.

PLP Architecture said: "The park itself forms a unique topographic feature extending over the active railway that currently bisects the site, creating an accessible and multifunctional green space for the neighbourhood.

"The Suspended Forest – a linear elevated greenway that helps to contain, rather than erase, existing railway infrastructure – includes hundreds of trees providing dedicated walking routes with unexpected views overlooking the surrounding area.

"A biodiverse woodland and wetland Eco-zone interspersed with community gardens runs alongside the tracks at grade, offering a range of communal activities focused on health and wellbeing while dovetailing with Milan’s Rotaie Verdi environmental network."

An east-west connection inspires further railway mitigation interventions, including a potential Milanese highline above the track beam to "recreate permeability".

This has the ambitious goal of allowing residents and visitors to cross the entire length of the Yard, transforming the most obstructive feature of the former industrial area into a connector between public and private spaces.

Urban blocks trace the edges of the surrounding streets; their tree-lined perimeters, the ground floors with neighbourhood services and retail activities for the communities, extend into the areas to the north and south of the site.

This creates a center of attraction also for the adjacent neighbourhoods; at the center of the residential architecture, courtyards that recall the Milanese tradition, create semi-public areas within which to socialize, work and relax.

Meanwhile, the new Lodi District is characterised by a multi-level public square that acts as a bridge on the active tracks to connect the large park Piazza Lodi, the Circle Line Station and the office buildings planned in the eastern sector of the Yard.

The 2026 Winter Olympics are set to take place from 6 to 22 February 2026 in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro  Arup  Nigel Dunnett Studio  Carlo Ratti Associati  Gross Max  Portland Design  Systematica  Studio Zoppini  Aecom  LAND 
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A global team of architects has been chosen to design the masterplan for the Milan Cortina 2026 Olympic village. The team, called Outcomist, includes Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Arup, Nigel Dunnett Studio, Carlo Ratti Associati, Gross Max, Portland Design, Systematica, Studio Zoppini, Aecom, LAND, Artelia and PLP Architecture. The project – called Parco Romana – will transform the vast Porta Romana railway yard area in Milan, creating a Athletes’ Village
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