Human Technopole Campus

Human Technopole: a large-scale national research infrastructure

Human Technopole will be at the heart of MIND - Milan INnovation District. MIND will also host the new headquartes of the Galeazzi research and treatment hospital (16 floors, 150.000 square meteres) and the scientific faculties of Milan University. Additional space will be made available to companies and start-ups wishing to establish their headquarters.


In March 2017, Human Technopole and Arexpo SpA, owner of the Expo area, reached an agreement on the Masterplan that fulfilled the requirements of spaces and the prospective growth of the Human Technopole infrastructure project. 

Human Technopole will be located close to the "Tree of Life” - the symbol of the Milan 2015 international Expo. A total of three buildings will be re-developed (Palazzo Italia, North and South Pavilion) while one new building will be built from the ground up.

According to the project, the campus will host seven research centres and four scientific facilities, that will provide services and technologies to support the research. Human Technopole will have state-of-the-art facilities shared and available to research partner institutions: imaging, genomics facilities and high-performance computing facility and data centre.

Since early 2018 Palazzo Italia hosts the core staff of Human Technopole. Re-development works are ongoing within the building to create additional working space. A number of administrative and computational workstations are due to be completed and delivered to Human Technopole at the end of summer 2019. 

The first wet laboratories of Human Technopole will be the so called Incubator Labs. These will be housed within prefabricated building structures positioned close to the Tree of Life. The tender for the supply and installation of these laboratories was launched in August 2019 and the delivery is expected to take place in summer 2020. 

The South Pavilion will host wet labs of the first Research centres. The building site is at work to complete the re-development of the site which is due to be completed by the spring 2021. 

The North Pavilion will host research facilities, including cryo-EM imaging facility. The refurbishment works are due to be completed by summer 2020, with equipment installed by autumn 2020.

The external structures of the Data Centre (so called shelters) were delivered in December 2018 and the centre is due to be completed by end of 2019, beginning of 2020. 



The new Human Technopole building

On 29 May 2019 Human Technopole and Arexpo launched the tender for the design of the new building, which will host laboratories, office spaces and common areas.

A new building with a maximum total surface area of 35,000 square metres will be built to complete the Human Technopole facility. Once completed, it will accommodate laboratories, scientific instruments, and up to 800 workstations for researchers and supporting technical and administrative personnel corresponding to a combined total of 1,000 staff

The design should reflect the concept of "openness" that characterises Human Technopole: for example, the building’s design will include spaces and solutions which encourage meetings, exchange of ideas and knowledge among researchers. In addition, part of the building should be dedicated to visitors, training laboratories, joint laboratories and start-up activities.


Palazzo Italia, un’icona, una visione, un programma.

Palazzo Italia. An icon, a vision, a programme

In 2015, Palazzo Italia represented Italy to the world of visitors that came to Milan to see the universal exposition.

Designed by Nemesi studio, the building is built on 6 levels, for a total height of 35 meters across an area of 14.400 square meters.

Since its creation, Palazzo Italia represents an architectural and building challenge. It is inspired by the idea of an urban forest with textures of lines that generate lights and shadows and was designed according to principles of sus­tainability and conceived as a low energy building. Spread across the six different levels, the exhibition spaces were dedicated to the power of “potential”, of “beauty” and of the “future” to underline Italy’s creativity and potential.

At the end of EXPO Milano 2015, Palazzo Italia was chosen as the headquarters for Human Technopole. The decision was dictated by the Palazzo’s strategic posi­tion within the site of the universal ex­position and the desire to give the area a vocation for science, research and inno­vation, transforming it into MIND – Mi­lano Innovation District.

The whole building underwent intense refurbishment works to transform the exhibition areas into spaces able to welcome 400 workstations. A number of areas have been maintained, including the restaurant space, the auditorium, the panoramic terrace and the internal courtyard which will host a cafe and a children’s play area.

Find out more on the past, the present and the future of Palazzo Italia here.

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