The consortium for Olympic Village for Milan Cortina 2026 has been announced

An international team to masterplan the Olympic Village for Milan Cortina 2026 has been announced. The consortium includes London-based PLP Architecture and New York City’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Carlo Ratti Associati of Turin and Gross Max of Edinburgh. The consortium was chosen from 47 applications.

The competition sought proposals to transform Milan’s Porta Romana railway yard – an enormous 216,779 square metre disused train depot – into a 1,000-unit Athletes’ Village along with offices, social housing, railway infrastructure and a large 100,000 square metre park connected to the wider city. After the Games, the accommodation will be converted into student housing. Shortlisted teams each received €50,000 (£43,000/$60,000) to draw up conceptual masterplans, while the winning team will receive €100,000 (£86,000/$120,000), reports

Porta Romana is a large suburban district surrounding a 16th-century city gate in the southern part of Milan. It is one of seven underused transport facilities across the Lombardy region that have been earmarked for large-scale regeneration: “With the presentation of the Porta Romana masterplan, the process to regenerate the former railway yards takes a new important step forward. The winning project will offer new opportunities to the entire district and to the city, starting with more greenery and services”, said mayor of Milano Giuseppe Sala.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2026 Winter Olympics will be organized either at the San Siro or a new stadium planned to be built in its stead in Milan. Photo ©PLP Architecture