The Conference Hall -Palacio de Congresos-, designed by Norman Foster, is one of the symbols of the
new Valencia. It was inaugurated in 1998 and is located in an area where a deep transformation has
occurred, the Avenida de les Corts Valencianes, the main artery of the northwest city where a great
many of new and high buildings have been erected. The Conference Hall façade is very striking and
has an impressive canopy on two irregular pillars that resembles a boat prow.
The light goes in the hall like filtered transporting the image of the surrounding water and
vegetation. The building counts on three auditoriums and has a capacity for more than two thousand
persons apart from the most advanced technology. The roof of the building has a lozenge form that
resembles the shape of a fish: eight thousand square meters of aluminium covered of zinc over the
construction, all spread in 180 square metres. The Conference Hall is one of the most important
conference centres within Europe. It is located in an attractive urban area and one of the
reference points for the future Valencia.