World Architecture: EDP’s MAAT Opens in Lisbon

Funded by the EDP Foundation, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon has opened to the public on October 5th. This new addition to world architecture was designed by Amanda Levete, a British architect and a Stirling Prize winner.

“Lisbon is undergoing a tourism boom,” says EDP CEO António Mexia. “This will be the hotspot of the hotspots.”

The structure

15,000 three-dimensional, crackle-glazed ceramic tiles were used for the facade of the structure as a reference to Lisbon’s rich tradition of craft.

The Museum is located on the bank of the River Tagus in Lisbon’s Belém district. “The waterfront is so essential to the project that the design literally reflects it. The overhanging roof that creates welcome shade is used to bounce sunlight off the water and into the Main gallery, one of the four interconnected exhibition spaces,” said Amanda Levete, principal of AL_A.

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“The challenge here is to produce something totally different from other museums,” commented Pedro Gadanho, the director of the museum. “The work will all be site-specific. It will be a place where artists and architects are exhibited together on the same intellectual level.”

The Architect

Amanda Levete is well known in world architecture. She is the principal of AL_A – an award-winning architecture and design studio. In 2014 it was announced that AL_A had been chosen to design the second M-Pavilion for the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in Melbourne. Other projects of the studio include the Central Embassy project in Bangkok and the pop-up restaurant Tincan.

Amanda is the architect behind the Selfridges Building, a landmark building in Birmingham, and Lord’s Media Centre in London, among others.

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