The future on the musical notes

Experience school in a new and up-to-date way. A mix of symphonies to unite school, art and culture


On December 17, 2020 Symbiosis, the new campus of ICS International School, was officially opened in Milan.
The campus is part of the Convivio project for the redevelopment of the Scalo di Porta Romana area, which to the south of the Prada Foundation already sees the presence of buildings of large international companies.


"A place full of cultural inspirations, of ideas that are born and develop, of future talents that grow. From infant school to primary school, from secondary school to high school: children, teenagers and young adults will live together in these rooms, each bringing their own baggage and experience to share. The Symbiosis Campus is a place where new ideas are generated through generational exchange, where one grows through knowledge of art and beauty, learning first to love and then to build one's own future. Doing. Without fear of making mistakes." This is how Stefano Paschina, Managing Director of ICS Milan International School, describes this ideal path.

Next January 7, the campus, which covers an area of 10 thousand square meters and five floors, will open its doors to about 800 students. The new campus will host three school cycles (elementary, middle and high school) organized upwards on different levels, with particular attention to the flow of students, while on the ground floor the collective activities (cafeteria, gym, swimming pool and auditorium) will be open to the city and the large outdoor playground, equipped for open air activities.


The outdoor area of about 6 thousand square meters is equipped with a multipurpose sports and playing field, which can be transformed from time to time depending on the sport that will be practiced, alongside the indoor gym and indoor swimming pool semi-Olympic. These spaces will also be open to the public, in particular to the citizens of the Municipality 5 that will be entitled to dedicated discounts.

Designed by the architectural studio Barreca & La Varra, authors of the award-winning Bosco Verticale, Campus Symbiosis was born in just 14 months, despite the health emergency.
An iconic volume characterized by large glass surfaces and metal, materials that make the building interact with the surrounding environment creating a constant dialogue between inside and outside.
The building has a fluid succession of environments, different from the usual school architecture we are used to.


Symbiosis is the symbiosis between public and private space, between interior and exterior.
Symbiosis is an invitation to sociality.

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