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Bocconi University · Milan, Italy

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In 2008, Irish practice Grafton Architects designed a university faculty building in Milan, Italy; ‘Bocconi University’ was named World Building of the Year at the inaugural World Architecture Festival. Today, whether you’re a student or just passing by, the building remains a stunning piece of design to take in.

The directors of the firm have said of the building: “It is an architectural opportunity and a window to Milan, a memorable image to confirm the important cultural contribution that the Bocconi University plays in the life of the city.” The cantilevered design suspends offices over underground student accommodation, with a facade of angular volumes that jut out in different directions. Sharp, sculptural lines, rectilinear planes, and dramatic geometry define the building’s exterior, which is constructed from gray stone. It is expressionist architecture that looks dense, austere, and effortless all at once. The images below were captured by London-based photographer Lorenzo Zandri, who is known for his considered approach to documenting the built environment.

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All images © Lorenzo Zandri