Maat | Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology.


Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, which opened its doors to the public on 5 October. Presenting itself as a new cultural center in the city of Lisbon, the MAAT represents an ambition to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists, architects, and thinkers.

A space for debate, critical thinking, and international dialogue, which offers an intense and diverse programme conceived for all audiences and ages.

The MAAT also represents the EDP group’s intent to help revitalize the riverfront of Belém’s historic district. Designed by the prestigious British architecture firm Amanda Levete Architects – whose curriculum includes distinctions such as the RIBA Stirling Prize -, the project involves approximately 3 thousand square meters of exhibitive space plus 7 thousand square meters of public space. The new building rises on the riverfront with an architectural narrative that is sensitive to the city’s cultural heritage and future, offering, among other features, a pedestrian roof that offers a privileged view of Lisbon and the Tagus, and which immediately became an iconic location.

With this proposal, the EDP Foundation has created a unique space in the city: a campus measuring 38 thousand square meters where the new building, with its cosmopolitan design, coexists with the iconic Tejo Power Station, connected through a landscape project designed by Lebanese architect Vladimir Djurovic.


The building for the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology was designed by British architecture studio Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A).

Boasting over seven thousand square meters of new public space, AL_A’s building makes use of the area’s natural features, incorporating an architectural narrative that is in keeping with both the cultural heritage and future of the city.


The pedestrian route on the riverfront now includes the roof of the new building, creating an undulating movement which merges with the surrounding landscape. In this way, the pedestrian roof, which also has a garden area, becomes both a crucial element of the local route and a public space with a privileged view of the city and the river.

The vast south facade is the building’s most iconic feature and it works as a large reflector interacting with the light coming from the river. The angle and position of the tiles were planned in order to create specific luminous effects according to the time of the day and year. The north facade, built in glass, includes a system with different levels of transparency which can be adapted to the different uses of the space.


Inside, the building holds four exhibition spaces across three thousand square meters: the Oval Gallery, the Main Gallery, the Video Room and the Project Room.

The Oval Gallery is the first exhibition area which the public comes across. It consists of 800 square meters of both exhibition space and walk-around area which takes visitors to the other exhibition rooms in the building. This vast walking route is shaped along a curve which allows the visitor to walk around the inside of the building and through the special projects being hosted in that area.

The Main Gallery is around one thousand square meters and is located on the bottom floor of the building. It’s a versatile space which, depending on the programme, might be kept as a single space or divided into multiple rooms.

The Project and Video Rooms are two spaces used to present film or video projects, installations, etc.

We understood EDP’s vision for Lisbon, and our project is based on the local context, creating physical and conceptual connections with the riverfront which are echoed in the heart of the city. – Amanda Levete

AL_A is an award-winning architecture and design studio, founded in 2009 by Amanda Levete, an architect who was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize, and by Ho Yin Ng, Alice Dietsch and Maximiliano Arrocet.


Within the remit of the celebrations around Portugal in the USA Month, EDP Foundation has been invited to present the exhibition Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Art Collection at The Kreeger Museum, in Washington. This is the first collective exhibition of Portuguese contemporary art presented in the United States.

The 38 works selected by curators Pedro Gadanho and Luísa Especial come from the original set in the exhibition Second Nature, presented at MAAT in June 2016. Nineteen renowned Portuguese artists are represented, including Alberto Carneiro, Gabriela Albergaria, Julião Sarmento, Vasco Araújo, Alexandre Estrela or Fernando Calhau. The exhibition’s theme focusses on a multifaceted testimony about the inseparability between man and the natural world.

The exhibition is organized according to affinities found between the different works. Examples of some of these multiple points of contact and some of the artists whose works establish those connections are: the inclusion of the body in the natural context, through experience and its recording (Alberto Carneiro, Pedro Vaz); the garden as a critical device, where cultural codes are questioned and where personal and collective experiences are included (Vasco Araújo, Gabriela Albergaria); the tension between the natural and technological spheres (Alexandre Estrela), and the impact of the latter in the former, within a fictional setting (Miguel Soares).

Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Art Collection will be exhibited at The Kreeger Museum from 4 June to 31 July.