Friday, October 16, 1998 Published at 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Assembly for the Millennium
The winning design: "Elegant and economic"
The architects responsible for the Millennium Dome have won the competition to design the £20m home of the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff.
Unveiling the futuristic design, former prime minister Lord Callaghan said it was "one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of architecture at the dawn of the 21st century".
The design was unanimously declared the winner from a short-list of six considered by Lord Callaghan and his team.
Lord Callaghan said, in the panel's opinion, the Richard Rogers design had the merits of being "simple, straightforward, elegant and economic".
"It allows for light and transparency, and will provide generous public spaces. In symbolic form, it represents the open, modern democracy which the National Assembly for Wales must be."
The Assembly building will not be completed until 2001. Until then the 60 members, to be elected next May, will meet at Crickhowell House close to the chosen site in Cardiff Bay.
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