fuksas: EUR new congress centre under construction in rome
fuksas: EUR new congress centre under construction in rome fuksas: EUR new congress centre under construction in rome
nov 09, 2012
fuksas: EUR new congress centre under construction in rome

‘EUR new congress centre’ by fuksas, rome, italy
image © moreno maggi
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in rome, italy, the ‘EUR new congress centre’ by italian practice fuksas is well under way. the project began in 1998 and is now dubbed ‘the cloud’ because of the large suspended structure contained by the building’s shell — generating a city within a city. the organically shaped element hosts an auditorium capable of holding 1,850 people and support services such as a conference rooms holding up to 6,500 seats. enclosed by the ‘theca’, a rectilinear exterior  is surfaced with 15,000 square meters of curtain wall supported with steel ribs. the transparency allows the focal centerpiece to be viewed from the outside. an independent building called the ‘blade’ will house a hotel with 441 rooms.

underside of ‘the cloud’
image © moreno maggi




the flexible complex will host congresses, exhibitions and events with a capacity of 9,000 seats. sustainable features include photovoltaics on the roof plane to produce electricity while protecting from solar gain to reduce stress upon the air conditioning of the interior.

rectilinear structure of steel ribs contain the organically shaped auditorium
image © moreno maggi




elisa fuksas has produced ‘the cloud’, part I, a film which depicts the story amidst a backdrop of the ongoing crisis and difficult process while defending the imagination behind the design. a double screening will be presented at the auditorium parco della musica during the rome film festival. showings are scheduled on sunday november 11th, 2012 at 3pm to 6pm and admission is free.

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project info:


object: eur new congress centre
site: rome-eur, italy
date: 1998-2013
client: eur spa
project: massimiliano and doriana fuksas
interior design: fuksas design


plans: a. i. engineering, turin
structures: studio majowiecki; studio sarti
safety: studio sarti
acoustics: xu – acoustique, parigi and a.i. engineering, turin
area: 55.000 mq
type: ongoing project


video credits:


directed by: 
elisa fuksas

ferran paredes rubio
, david maldi
, michele orlando
, luke ranzato, 
marco ricchello
, michele d’attanasio
editing: eleonora cao
music by:
 marco fasolo

 massimiliano navarra

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