One stipulation of the competition was that visitors be able to sense the three values of openness, collaboration and pride immediately upon entering the building — no easy task for a structure that is situated mostly underground and is accessible through an existing adjacent building due to its location in the English Gardens. The guiding principle of the auditorium is derived from the idea of the open exchange of visions and ideas, the cosmos of the global Allianz Community. Designed as a network, it is a symbol for a growing and mutually inspiring communication. A elaborate lighting control system allows the room to be illuminated in a diverse range of lighting moods. Along with the rows of seats that can be partially lowered, the hall can be transformed into a variety of spaces: the “convertible space” functions as an auditorium, conference hall, seating hall, event hall, assembly location and performance hall all-in-one.