Saturday: 11h, 12h, 13h, 15h, 16h
(Português) com Arq. Alexandre Marques Pereira
No reservation required; first-come, first-served
Maximum 25 people per visit
Built at the turn of the 20th century in late Beaux Art style as the administrative headquarters of the Lisbon Port Authorities, this building possesses a unique feature: it incorporates a public-display clock telling the official time. A recent rehabilitation sought its adaptive reuse to service two European agencies in the new riverfront sprawl: the European Maritime Safety Agency and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The intervention’s main ideas are derived from a contemporary approach to the existing identity: sober, streamlined design, carefully selected construction options in the exterior as well as in the refurbished interiors, and a keen exploration of the possibilities afforded by the surroundings, both near and far, namely Lisbon, the Tagus and the south bank.