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MAAT: a Portuguese museum

Lisbon has just unveiled its new cultural attraction, the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, a 20 million euros investment that combines visual arts and media, architecture and city, technology and science, society and thought.


Designed by Amanda Levete Architects, the new EDP Foundation museum assumes itself as a place for discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. A true museum of the future, MAAT will features both permanent and temporary exhibitions, focusing on contemporary culture through a combination of visual arts, technology and media, an innovative exhibition program and a special wing dedicated to the expanding Portuguese art collection.


But what really sets it apart is its astonishing organic design that flows naturally with Tagus River. Here is where the future meets the past.

The curve shaped building that seems part of the landscape, emerges from the water and encloses a unique heritage: the Portuguese pavement and tiles.


With 14.936 ceramic tiles reflecting in their mirrored surface the sunlight, the MAAT is enhanced with one of the most Portuguese building materials: the lioz limestone.

Traditionally used in the typical Portuguese pavement, arises unexpectedly in a rooftop terrace, designed as an outdoor lounge and social area, and in a magnificent staircase that fades into the river.


This new iconic building blends into Lisbon landscape is such a natural way that seems it has always been there.

And, in a way, it has. The light stone that covers its roof and surroundings is a rare limestone extracted from the Lisbon region… so it has never left home.


Like in MAAT, lioz limestone is found all over Lisbon and other Portuguese cities, in our typical sidewalks, in our buildings, in our monuments and stone art pieces.

It is a pleasure to see given its due place of honor.


By Regina Vitório, LSI STONE

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