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, Cardo North West, US6) 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 builiding to create additional working space. A number of administrative and computational workstations are due to be completed and delivered to Human Technopole in the summer of 2019.
Cardo North West will host the first wet labs of the first Research centers. The building site is at work to complete the re-development of the site which is due to be completed by the spring 2020.
US6 will host research facilities, including cryo-EM imaging facility. The refurbishment works began in the spring of 2019 and are due to be completed by spring 2020, with equipment installed by summer 2020.
The external structures of the Data Center (so called shelters) were delivered in December 2018 and the center 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.