piet niemann photographs AL_A's MAAT museum in lisbon

piet niemann photographs AL_A's MAAT museum in lisbon

proposing a new relationship with the lisbon’s tagus river and its wider context, the museum of art, architecture and technology (MAAT) by amanda levete architects / AL_A is a powerful, sensitive and low-slung building that explores the convergence of those three distinct fields. these new images taken by photographer piet niemann take a closer look at the institution, which opened in october, 2016.

the architecture’s fluid morphology integrates smoothly into its environment
all images © piet niemann


the recently completed MAAT building by AL_A is the centerpiece of EDP foundation’s masterplan for an art campus that includes the repurposed central tejo power station. incorporating over 7,000 sq.m of public space and blending structure into landscape, an art gallery is designed to allow visitors to walk over, under and through the building that sits beneath a gently expressed arch. MAAT has been shortlisted for the 2017 EU mies van der rohe prize.

the MAAT museum proposes a new relationship with the river

the large white staircases create an open public platform

a large window façade provides natural lighting

fluid and powerful architectural lines tracing the building complex

evening time brings about a warm and gentle lighting atmosphere

the roof is a fully accessible viewing platform for visitors

the top area provides an expansive view of lisbon’s landmarks

the vast dimension of the roof creates a plaza-like feeling

all-white interior space curving

line extensions connecting outdoors and indoors

the main oval gallery sits lower and can be approached from two sides

both ways provide a comprehensive view inside before entering the exhibition

a new landmark alongside the promenade of lisbon



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom





  • I live in Lisbon and the museum design is beautiful as well as photos. In real life the final finishes are not well done, many architectural flaws…

    KLAUDIA says:

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