The EDP Foundation's Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) just opened in Lisbon. The building's undulating roof is made out of ceramic tiles that reflect the dappled ocean light, restoring ties between the city and the water. The ceramic tiles honor the craft traditions of Lisbon, and the museum welcomes visitors to walk through, under and on top of the structure.
The facade of the structure was made of 15,000 three-dimensional, crackle-glazed ceramic tiles that reference Lisbon’s rich tradition of craft. Traditional building materials are translated into a more contemporary design, with the tiles capturing the changing light.
“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.
The first phase of the kunsthalle opened to the public on October 5th, with a 12-hour program of events, performances and concerts.
Lead photo by Hufton+Crow