Those elements combined with the necessary compliance of the Bocconi Façade and Outdoor lighting project with the strict requirements of certain illuminance levels, being an educational and public space, marked the map for the development of the lighting project.
Aula Magna represents the core of the building, sank in the basement with its underground entrance. It meant to be a visual anchor to the city level, and this relation gets underlined by illuminating the protruding asymmetric volume as it emerges with adjustable projectors concealed in the inside. The indirect light on the Bocconi Façade is a signature for the external viewer and offers also the necessary lighting levels for the guest inside the building.
Luminous lines are also installed in the underground foyer integrating also some adjustable projectors for providing direct light during various events or installations.
The lighting idea for the façade was to let the external wall dark and enhance the emanating light from the inside, inserting lighting fixtures mounted near the window openings. This dark backdrop added drama in the emerging volume of the Aula Magna.
The Bocconi Façade lighting project required the development of custom lighting fixtures, since many of the effects widely used nowadays, were considered rather innovative at that time, given the technology and dimensions of the light sources available.
Illuminating such an iconic building, as the Bocconi University in the center of Milan given the circumstances was a highly demanding challenge but also another example of how simple and clean lighting gestures executed skillfully can unravel a new image of an already imposing architecture, empowering the architect’s original vision.