A new 55,000-sm building in the EUR district in Rome combines abstract design with that of a geometrically defined shape to create the largest building completed in Rome in over 50 years.
The Theca acts as the container. It is a geometrically defined shape created form steel and a double glass façade. Think of the Theca as the straight man to the Cloud’s (which is enclosed within the Theca) fool.
The Cloud is , according to the project’s architect , Studio Fuksas , the heart of the project. The Cloud is the abstract design aspect; a free spatial articulation created without rules. The Cloud contains an auditorium suitable for 1,800 people , several snack points , and support services for the auditorium. It represents the most distinctive architectural element of the project. A 15,000-sm transparent curtain , made from advanced-membrane fiberglass and flame-retardant silicone , covers a steel rib structure. When viewed in conjunction with the glass box of the Theca , the project resembles a giant fish , freely swimming in a glass aquarium.
Finally , the Blade is the hotel , an independent and autonomous structure containing 439 rooms. The Blade stands next to the main convention center and is clad in reflective dark glazing. In addition to the Blade’s 439 rooms , seven boutique suites , a spa , and a restaurant are also included.
Overall , the Centre has the capacity to seat nearly 8,000 people. In addition to the 1,800 seats found inside the Cloud’s auditorium , large conference rooms add an additional 6,000 seats. Beneath the complex is parking for up to 600 cars.
Energy consumption of the large building is curtailed via the use of variable flow air conditioning and photovoltaic elements on the exterior of the Theca that produce electricity and mitigate solar radiation , protecting the building from overheating.
The New Rome-EUR Convention Centre and Hotel opened in October 2016.