The project

A new University Residence is born in Bologna. The intervention carried out by Er.Go, the Regional Agency for the Right to Higher Education of Emilia Romagna, was planned in the area of the former fruit and vegetable market of Bologna in the Via Fioravanti area and is the result of an important agreement between the Municipality of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna and ER.GO.

The net area intended for residential and service functions for non-resident students amounts to 9,450 m2, with an external endowment of 2,900 m2 for car and motorcycle parking and technological services. The building has 240 beds, divided into various types of housing: mini-lodgings, apartments and hotel-type rooms. There are numerous spaces equipped for collective use such as study rooms, video rooms, music rooms, gym.


The food service is within the indoor market, delimited by buildings.

The building also features a green area with function of real climate park, with an important influence on the thermal adjustment aspects of the building, conceived with the innovatory construction characteristics in regards to the power economy, such as the installation of solar and photovoltaic panels. The use of sustainable construction methods from an ecologic point of view, also features the roof of the building and the envelope of the building, a "green" wall and a "green" roof, which will guarantee a formidable natural insulation, combined with a pleasant aesthetic impact.

"A building that aspires to get the "A Plus" Energy Class, couldn't have adopted anything else than ecological materials - said the engineers Carlo Monzani and Alessandro Busca from the Lenzi and Associates Office in Bologna, who made the design - - For this reason, we chose a light cement, which, due to the expended clay, can be considered ecologic, but also resilient, that we made the thresholds with having a thickness of 25 cm. Among the others, this solution presents, for the same resilience to compression, a better behaviour at fire against the cements fabricated with traditional binders (silicon limestone)".”.