The design attempts to harness an architecture of structural simplicity yet allow the public to enjoy a sequence of spaces that are both theatrical and complex but clear in purpose.

The organisational structure of the building has two superimposed systems. The first is a series of avenues, running north south at the ground and lower ground level. The second is a sequence of deep trusses, running east to west. At the lower levels, the public are allowed to filter through these avenues, all of which connect to a tranquil inner garden.

Each "avenue" has a specific function, entrances for the theatre and library, exhibition and conference space, and a dramatic volume that marks the entrance to the "belvedere" which rises up through the roof to provide a significant marker on the Turin skyline and unparalleled views over the city.