The entrance is shaped like a large amphitheatre, sunk in the ground. The round shape creates an agora in the centre, ideal for political meetings and public cultural events alike.
The shape stands as an emblem of the democratic process: in ancient Greece the agora formed the centre of political and public life, as a scene for debates, meetings and temporary theatre.
The Citizen and Media Centre is primarily situated below grade, and is subordinate to the modernist parliament building. The new building fits in as a part of the landscape, preserving the prominence of the existing landmark.
The new centre consists of a foyer, conference spaces and a exhibition area, all visually connected to the outside agora. For security purposes, these areas can be closed off from the parliament building itself. This separation also makes it possible to host larger events at late hours, without compromising the parliament building.
The surrounding landscape and ample daylight have provided inspiration for the design of the new building. Special cylindrical windows create a bright and friendly atmosphere, and filter the daylight, giving visitors the impression of walking under a big tree.