La Nuvola

The Rome Convention Centre “La Nuvola” is one of the most iconic buildings in the city of Rome. Awarded as Best Building Site from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the visionary building by Massimiliano Fuksas has been inaugurated in October 2016. Since then it has been acknowledged worldwide as a fine example of contemporary aesthetics, characterized by eco-friendly materials and innovative techno- logical solutions. Standing within a neighborhood that is dominated by the architectural rationalism of the 1930s and 40s, it boasts technologically advanced ways of creating harmonic, fluid spaces, suitable for people who are permanently on the move and constantly interconnected. Just a few kilometers from airports and railway stations, with which it is well connected by an extensive local transport system, the complex stands just 5 underground railway stops from Rome’s historic Centre.

An international, strategic work, set in a context dominated by an expressive language as strong as the architectural rationalism of the thirties and forties; able to measure up against the past and manifest that aspiration to the “new” of which the EUR is still a symbol: elements with a strong material identity and technologically advanced solutions, to create harmonious, fluid spaces, suitable for a constantly traveling and constantly interconnected humanity.

The “Teca”, longitudinally oriented, with steel structure and double glass facade is the absolutely stereometric container – to evoke the architecture of the E42 – which contains inside the “Nuvola”, the fulcrum of the project, whose structure is in steel ribs, covered for 15,000 square meters with a transparent sheet of innovative material. A solution capable of eliciting an extraordinary visual effect, amplified by the comparison between a free spatial articulation, without rules – the “Nuvola” – and a geometrically defined shape, such as the “box” space of the “Teca” (height 40 m, width 70 m and length 175 m).

Compared to energy consumption, a variable air conditioning flow system has been adopted that allows an optimal consumption of energy according to the actual crowding of the rooms. In addition, on the roof of the case were placed photovoltaic elements for natural electricity production and protection of the building from overheating, allowing a significant saving on energy consumption compared to those required using traditional systems. No longer postmodern, then, but hypermodern, pursuing a logic of juxtaposition, which goes as far as juxtaposition and beyond, towards overlap, reaffirming a principle of superiority of the whole over the sum of the parts.