Parque das Nações

Lisbon projects itself into the next millenium through the Expo 98, around which the final metropolitan impulse of the atlantic capital takes place.

Centered in 124 of the 741 acres included in the urbanistic plan, the Portuguese Expo undertook the commitment of constructing between one hundred and two hundred buildings of which only a part was destroyed when the event ended.

And it is then the second phase starts, supported by the new substructures and net of acess roads, to proceed with the division of the grounds in order to render concrete the established functions: residential, tertiary and for leisure purposes.

On the other hand, most of the thematic pavillions intended to remain were planned with an eye on the future, and this tactics provided an excellent re-utilization of these constructions.

Portugal was the only country with its own enclosed space.

The other countries built their pavillions under the corrugated structure which became the new exhibitions park of Lisbon.

The Expo includes, among others, the Pavillion of Portugal, by Álvaro Siza, the Knowledge of the Seas Pavillion, by João Luís Carrilho da Graça, the Oceanarium, by Peter Chermayeff, and the Utopia Pavillion, created by S.O.M.

Quoted fromAtlas de Arquitectura Actual, by Francisco Asensio Cerver (Konemann Verlagsgesellschaft, Colónia)

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