The plans had already been presented to the public at the 2000 Venice Biennial, where a 7 metre high model of the building served as a visitor reception centre.
The basic idea underlying Fuksas's project is stratification, viewed as the alternating "matter" of places that have suffered, but also as a construction capable of representing the vicissitudes of time. This is the reason for the choice of cement as construction material: it is made up of alternating, overlapping layers of sands and inert materials.
The aim was to create a space and a dimension capable of conveying fullness and serenity.
A stone base raises the building above the meeting place, accessed via two long stairways to a resting place whose height and flow of light from above create a positive atmosphere favourable to communication and encounter.