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MAAT Museum by Amanda Levete

Architecture, Art | February 13, 2017 |

MAAT Museum by Amanda LeveteImage courtesy of Amanda Levete

MAAT Museum by Amanda Levete

 

MAAT (the Museum of Art Architecture and Technology) is a new institution designed by Amanda Levete currently under construction on the banks of Lisbon’s Tagus river. With work in Portugal now reaching its climax, the building is set to open its doors this October. Led by director Pedro Gadanho, MAAT will explore contemporary culture through visual arts, new media, architecture, technology, and science.

 

MAAT Museum by Amanda LeveteImage courtesy of Amanda Levete

 

Housed within two buildings -the new kunsthall structure and a newly renovated power station- MAAT will present a permanent science and electricity display, as well as a wide-ranging program of temporary exhibitions. The new building allows visitors to walk over, under, and through the museum complex, with a roof offering sweeping views towards the river. In this way, the scheme seeks to restore the historic connection between the city and the water. By drawing visitors from the heart of Lisbon to the views along the Tagus estuary via a new footbridge, MAAT seeks to regenerate this riverfront area.

 

MAAT Museum by Amanda LeveteImage courtesy of Amanda Levete

 

Steps that lead down into the river are covered with water at high tide, creating a constantly changing environment. Above, an overhanging façade covered in 3D tiles is a reference to Portugal’s rich tradition of ceramics. While the cantilevered structure provides welcome shade, it also reflects sunlight off the water and into the building, tracing the shifting patterns of the tidal changes. MAAT opened to the public on October 5, 2016 with a 12-hour program that features exhibition openings, educational events, performances and music performances.

 

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