Covering external walls with ceramic tiles is a Portuguese tradition with at least 500 years. The new MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) in Lisbon took this tradition one step further and used 15,000 3D wall tiles to cover its walls.
The MAAT tiles were manufactured in Barcelona by the same company that worked with Antoni Gaudí, and it’s still working in ‘La Sagrada Família’.
The 60cm high tiles are hollow to reduce the weight. The architect says they will (intentionally) start cracking very soon.
Some interesting facts about MAAT:
- 15,000 hexagonal wall tiles cover the building.
- The tiles are mechanically fixed.
- Designed by Amanda Levete Architects by direct invitation.
- The Museum Director is an Architect – Pedro Gadanho (former MoMA curator).
- 420 m2 of minimal frame windows – PanoramAH system.
- The central gallery has an oval shape and it is below the river level.
- Construction cost: €20 million.
- Construction cost per m²: €2,702. (Gross internal floor area 7,400m²).
- It is possible to walk over the roof.
- Owned by the Portuguese electricity and gas provider EDP.
Visit MAAT’s website here.