Bovisa Porosa models

Study process

1:250 site model

Bovisa Porosa’ students Dang Ngoc Anh, Laura Llorens and Soheil Tajik developed site model in 1:250 scale.
Other six groups worked on section models of Bovisa station in 1:100 scale.

E1 by Arturas Calyj, Jinxuan Wang and Fuat Uguz

E2 by Yi Pei, Mohammed Ramadan and Fabio Tamburini

R1 by Esteban Serrano Castello’, Mouna Ghedamsi and Dhaarini Rajkumar

R2 by Alexandre Marguerie, Amir Sheykhan and Vigan Zeka

W1 by Ekaterina Korshunova, Mimmi Mannila and Matteo Serra

W2 by Gamze Akyol, Niloufar Ghorbani and Lutuo Wang

Bovisa Porosa vernissage

Official opening of the MIAW Final Exhibition on December 25th.

Professor Bostjan Vuga is giving his presentation speech.

Professor Bostjan Vuga and Head of MSc in Architecture Gennaro Postiglione.

Bovisa Porosa team

Filippo Orsini, MIAW Scientific Committee



The Bovisa station presents a large barrier in connectivity between two parts of Bovisa. It was built in the 1990ies as an enclosed shed above the tracks, with a difficult access, blind walls towards the surroundings and too large waiting area. With a wrongly positioned above the rail station entrance platform, which is connected with tiny stairs and ramps down to large parking areas adjacent to it, the station area embodies a heavy physical obstacle.
Can this barrier and obstacle become a catalyst for transformation of the Bovisa district?
The studio identifies and concentrates interventions to the most crucial point in the area: the station and the parking areas on the east and the west side. The studio proposes a dense hybrid structure, an inhabited bridge which spans over the tracks and on multi levels connects both sides of the Politecnico Bovisa campus, houses the train station, adjacent public facilities, offices and student dormitories.
The new inhabited bridge above the rail tracks is porous structure which enables a smooth transition of residences, students and visitors from both sides of Bovisa to the station. A mixture of different activities inside and outside will attract both residents and stoppers by on the way from Malpensa to Milano central.

The studio develops the new Bovisa inhabited bridge as a series of porous spatial sequences which can be appropriated for different activities and usage. These spatial sequences will generate publicness, a public character of the BOVISA POROSA.

These spatial sequences will enrich LIVING IN THE PERIPHERIA.

The studio’s work is process based, organized in 4 steps. Each step presents a concluded work. At the same time, it informs the following step.

The studio work was processed in seven groups of 3 to 4 students. Instructions to each of 4 steps were given.


Step 1 has two phases: mapping of the site and building up image bank of the references

The entire Bovisa site around two Politecnico campuses was divided into seven areas. Each group photographed 50-100 m sequences of their specific areas, without defining hierarchies of photographed objects.

The image bank of seven typological categories was built up to facilitate a connection between the studio task and spatial prototype of the step 2.
The seven categories are:
– transportation hub
– inhabited bridges
– elevated plazas
– inhabited infrastructure
– passages/gallerias
– entry ways

A description of particular spatial situations of each reference category was conducted in order to connect them to spatial issues on the site in Bovisa.


The studio took architectural porosity as a guiding spatial principle to develop interventions on the Bovisa station area. Why? For the time being, this area has no porosity and therefore movement and experience is interrupted and broken.

Based on principles of architectural porosity 7 different prototypes were defined as a tool to develop new spatial situations on the site of Bovisa.

A series of working models were produced which explore spatial potential of porosity of each prototype.

The seven prototypes are:








The seven prototypes were than tested on the Bovisa station site.
A new series of working models were produced, taking into account specificity of the site: size, dimension and accesses, orientation…

Implemented on the site, the testing provides a ground to link the spatial prototypes to the actual issues on the Bovisa site.
Activities and use were appropriated to testing models.









First, a big diagram model in 1:250 demonstrates a structure of the BOVISA POROSA INHABITED BRIDGE over the tracks.
It consists of three volumes: a new rail station concourse volume, turned perpendicular to the existing rail station, the office volume which spans above in the same direction as rail tracks are. A proposed campus dormitory follows direction of the station volume and creates a strong visual connection of both sides of Bovisa.

Second, the diagram model was sliced into 6 sections of the same width. (E1, E2, R1, R2, W1, W2). The six slices were developed into 6 sectional models in 1:100, merging different spatial prototypes.

The six slices present new spatial and usage potential of the Bovisa station site. There are six different architectural objects which can either smoothly transition to the adjacent section or be coherently developed through entire station site.

Additionally, a big model in 1:250 was built. Its massing present connectivity between the east and the west part of Bovisa.


Bostjan Vuga_Bovisa Studio: Planting Publicness

The added value of an architectural object is its public space or the integration of a public space into its physical space. The public character, publicness of the architectural object, defines an object’s catalytic strength to impact its physical and social context.

Publicness is not only a result of a project brief requesting the housing of a certain percentage of public functions in the domain of an architectural object. It is, more importantly, the result of an architectural approach that integrates spaces for the general public into the architecture, spaces which don’t necessarily suggest predetermined uses. Publicness is the result of an architect’s ability to envision the wider effects of the architectural object on the individual and society.

Publicness is grafted into the architectural object. The graft is first accommodated in the object, then starts impacting the object’s operativity and functioning. Eventually, the architectural object is visited, perceived and experienced by the society more due to its publicness than to its primary intended use.

Publicness encourages increased use of a building by various individuals and social groups year round and throughout the day. It enables an increased usage of places and therefore avoids the creation of grey zones. Publicness makes the place!

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Bostjan Vuga_Biography

Boštjan Vuga graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana in 1992 and completed the postgraduate masters course at the AA School of Architecture in London from 1993-1995.
Together with Jurij Sadar, they founded the SADAR+VUGA (S+V) office in Ljubljana in 1996, which in two decades took place as one of the critical European architectural practices with production and communication based on an open, integral and innovative concept. Their most acclaimed works include chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (1996), Central part of the National Gallery, Ljubljana (1996) Stadium and Multipurpose hall Stožice (2010) and Air Traffic Control Centre Ljubljana (2013). The office has received many national and global architectural awards (Bauwelt Prize, Iconic
Award, Archmaraton Award, Piranesi award, Plečnik Prize) and eight Mies van der Rohe nominations.

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