The unquestionable reference of this magnificent
covered plaza designed by Villanueva, is Le Corbusier's
lobby in the Palace of the Soviets project of 1931. This
plaza works as a lobby for the theater and the rectory
and it is decorated with art works by Bloc, Calder,
Pevsner etc. It has been an inspiration for many
architects, including Alvaro Siza when designing the
Portugal Pavilion for the Expo 98.