For the design of the new Faculty of Engineering campus, the guiding vision was that of a “series of architectural forms and spaces, with porticoed walkways and courtyards, all laid out as though interwoven with the natural character of the terrain itself, the structures bearing ancient traits that are historically rooted in Modena and the Emilia region: a profound expression of the genius loci.”
The complex is composed of five main units which are arranged in such a way that they form the central piazza. Each structure has its own distinct function. In addition to the long faculty building, there are two departmental blocks (one for Computing and Mechanical Engineering, the other for Earth and Material Sciences). These are arranged perpendicular to the main faculty block and face on to the internal piazza formed by the three buildings. The remainder of the complex is formed by the buildings housing the heavy-structures laboratories and various building services facilities. The result is a nucleus that can be considered, within the wider strategic programmes of the region, as the ideal starting point for the creation of a centre of excellence for science and technology.