Cloud, by Fuksas
“The idea came to me in a very special moment. I was at the seaside; a group of clouds were being blown quickly across the sky by a strong wind. As I looked to the clouds I remembered a dream I had had, which involved constructing a building that had no crystallized form at all”, Massimiliano Fuksas’ narrative goes about the National Congress Center that he designed for the city of Rome. Talking about clouds, architects seem to dream a lot. It sounds almost biblical, but in catholic Italy that might be just right. To underscore its iconography the congress center is called ‘The Nuvola’, the cloud.
The steel and Teflon cloud holds an 1800-seat auditorium and other meeting rooms, with a total of 15,000 sqm of hovering space. The modernistic box around the cloud connects the building to the surroundings that feature early modernistic building from the 1930-ies. Formally the decoding box contrasts and accentuates the recoding free-form cloud. Fuksas himself rightfully says the project is about the ‘in-between space’ between the blob and the box.