COIMA SGR and its partners Covivio and Prada Holding have announced that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) will design the Olympic Village for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. The project is part of the updated Porta Romana railway yardmaster plan. SOM was selected to design the village following an international competition involving 27 groups from nine different countries.
Developed by COIMA SGR and its partners in collaboration with the Milano-Cortina Foundation, the Municipality of Milan, and the Lombardy Region, the Olympic Village will transform the Porta Romana district, creating a sustainable urban community and offering a new model for Olympic facilities to serve post-Olympic social goals.
The village features a set of public green spaces, the transformation of two historic structures, and six new residential buildings that will serve Olympic athletes in the short term. Following the Olympics, the athletes' homes will be reused for student housing, while the park and railway side buildings near the Olympic Square will be used for affordable housing. Olympic Village Plaza will become a neighborhood square with shops, bars, restaurants, and cafes planned at street level, along with outdoor space for farmers' markets and other community events.