The opening speech was by Stephen Feber, client for Magna, who described the briefing process. Having no time to write a conventional brief, he said, he wrote a poem, or at least adapted a traditional Taoist one. Although he forgot to give the poem to the architect in the end, he said it fulfilled the brief admirably. Feber's undelivered poem read:
'Take what is dark for the light that it gives;
And what is small for the size that it is;
And what is weak for the strength that it has;
And all will be well;
This is called the art of design.' Don't give up the day job just yet, Stephen.