We have said it many times before in the 2 years we have blogged about Lisbon. With the new building for the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Belem Amanda Levete and her team at AL_A have created one of these architectural sculptures that ends up defining a city. Like Frank Gehry did it with Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or Utzon with his Opera in Sydney.
The funny thing is that EDP didn’t want a flamboyant ‘iconic’ design… thats exactly what they will get.
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It’s the light says Amanda Levete, that incredible southern light. Curled up barefoot on a sofa in her studio on a gray North London morning, the architect of the beautiful new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, Portugal, seems about to burst into song. Levete and her team at AL_A have done more than seen the light; they’ve captured it. The same southern sun that flamed along the River Tagus in the 16th century—when the spoils of its seafaring explorers allowed Portugal’s capital to build some of Europe’s most opulent architecture—now turns the undulating, low-lying structure of MAAT an impassioned gold. Sparkling off the Tagus and reflected from the building’s brows, the light dances across floors and ceilings, galleries and café, its patterns changing throughout the day. The museum opens its doors for the first time on October 5—it’s so new it has barely had time to draw breath. But already it feels as if it belongs to the river, and to the city. Read Jonathan Glancey’s interview in Newsweek hereWhen the MAAT opens on 5 October Lisbon will add one more sight worth visiting on its list of architectural pearls.
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