All elements refer to origami, the shapes made out of folded paper: from the reception desks to the drawers, from the cupboards to the computer tables, everything is made of slabs of crystal and steel prepared by specialised craftspeople. All this great zoomorphic origami mirrors the same concept as the plaza which, "folding over" in more than one point, becomes a staircase, an entrance hall, etc.
The futuristic structure, designed in 1996, was built in four years at a cost of 8 billion lire, with funds provided by the Region of Lazio. The City paid for the furnishings, which cost another two billion.
Laura Della Badia