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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
In Pictures: New assembly chamber

Exterior of new Welsh assembly chamber

The new chamber is next to the Cardiff Bay office block the assembly has sat in since it was set up in 1999.

Side of assembly chamber

The building uses natural wood and slate and is designed with energy efficiency in mind.

Upper floor of assembly building

Visitors will have unrestricted access to the upper floor on the main plinth level.

Interior of assembly building

The building makes extensive use of natural materials such as wood and slate.

Interior of assembly building

Finance Minister Sue Essex says the building 'raises the bar... on environmental, public accessibility and design quality'.

Mirrored cone

This mirrored cone can be lowered to alter light levels in the chamber.

Lord Elis-Thomas in the assembly chamber

Dafydd Elis-Thomas in the chamber where he continues his duties as presiding officer.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan outside the front entrance

First Minister Rhodri Morgan outside the front entrance on the day the building officially opened.

View from the public chamber

The view from the public chamber as AMs meet in the chamber for the first time.




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