The project involved the design of new access gates to the harbour of Civitavecchia, the main port for travellers approaching Rome by the sea. The brief required the design two separate entrances, one domestic and one for international shipping. Each access point required the construction of support buildings, offices for police and customs officials, along with shaded areas for cars queuing to enter on the mainland. The inspiration of for the design followed an industrial theme very much in keeping with the character of the harbour itself. The use of materials like engineered steel beams and netting for the external façades carefully reinterpreted the surroundings, whilst affording a high level of functionality and comfort for both workers and travellers.