06 LISBON CE­RAMIC EX­CEL­LENCE

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MAAT, the new Mu­seum of Art, Ar­chi­tec­ture and Tech­nol­ogy, is lo­cated on the banks of the Ta­gus in Belém, from where the great Por­tuguese ex­plor­ers set sail. De­signed by Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Amanda Levete, it fea­tures a tex­tured fa­cade of 15,000 three-di­men­sional crackle-glazed tiles which build on Lisbon’s tra­di­tion as a cen­tre of ce­ramic ex­cel­lence. The new build­ing is the cen­tre­piece of EDP Foun­da­tion’s master­plan for an art cam­pus that in­cludes the re­pur­posed Cen­tral Tejo power sta­tion. Its grace­ful, un­du­lat­ing roof has been con­ceived as an out­side room, while four in­te­rior ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces in­clude the 1200-square me­tre Oval Gallery.

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