Scheme involves designing new campus at Padua site

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David Chipperfield Architects’ winning University of Padua entry

Foster + Partners is among a string of firms beaten by David Chipperfield Architects in an international design competition for a new campus at a university in Italy.

Chipperfield is collaborating with engineering company Steam on the PiaveFutura project for the University of Padua, 40km west of Venice.

It will see a new campus built for the department of social and economic sciences on the former Caserma Piave barracks, a 50,000sq m complex between the two city walls in the south-west of Padua’s historic centre.

The existing complex includes buildings of the former Sant’Agostino convent which were used by the barracks from the 19th century.

Others beaten in the invited competition included German practice Sauerbruch Hutton, Portuguese firm Bak Gordon and Barcelona-based Barozzi Veiga.