The building is basically large, 30 meters high, translucent container that extends lengthwise. On each side a square opens on to the immediate area and the city.
The first converses directly continuously with the local area and can be crossed from viale Europa to viale Shakespeare.
The second, a space that can be composed freely using moveable structures, is for welcoming conference participants and accompanying them to the various rooms in the center.
The idea came to me in a very special moment. I was at the seaside, a group of clouds where being blown quickly across the sky by a strong wind. As I looked at the clouds I remembered a dream I had had, which involved constructing a building that had no crystallized form at all.
The simple, squared lines pay tribute to the 1930s rationalist architecture that characterizes so strongly the Eur and the nearby Conference center designed by Adalberto Libera.
Inside this shell, a 3,500 square meter steel and teflon cloud, suspended above a surface area of 10.000 square meter, is designed to hold a 2.000 square meter auditorium and various meeting rooms.
When the cloud, supported by a thick network of steel cables and suspended between the floor and the ceiling of the main conference hall, is lit up, the building seems to vibrate. The construction also changes completely depending on the viewpoint of the observer.
In addition the center will also contain three halls and spacious foyer, cafè and restaurant areas, covering a total multi-functional space of 15.000 square meters. A grand stair will link the building to the outside plaza.
The Congress Center was the winning project in an International competition.