The Forum Building is a triangular measuring 180 meters on each side and 25 meters in height, located within the triangle formed by the surrounding streets. It is considered by some to be an icon of the "New Barcelona ". However, local opinion on its aesthetic and functional merits is deeply divided. It was the symbol of the controversial 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures and the serious flaws that arose during its construction were widely covered in both the Spanish national and foreign press. It has lain empty since the Forum and is beginning to show marked deterioration. The building is structured around an auditorium with a capacity to hold 3,200 people. The seating is below the Forum Plaza level. The upper part is suspended from the triangular superstructure measuring 180 meters per side that covers the plaza, and rests on 17 pillars. From it, the exhibit hall and the roof of the auditorium are suspended. The exhibition hall covers nearly 5,000 m2.