5 stunning modern buildings Lisbon

Pavilhâo de Portugal

Parque das Naçôes

Alameda dos


Parque das Naçôes

Pritzker Prize winner Siza Vieira designed this iconic pavillion for the World Fair of 1998 - for this occasion a new city was created in the shabby industrial eastern part of Lisbon. The most impressive feature of the pavilion is the immense concrete roof, that seems as light as a feather, challenging gravity in the eye of the beholder.

Torre de controlo do porto de lisboa


Whe you enter Lisbon coming from the ocean, the first thing to catch your eye is the leaning control tower of the port, designed by local architect Gonçalo Byrne. The audacious building, that far exceeds its functional purpose thanks to its beauty, has won several architectural awards, and is the perfect contemporary companion for the other riverside monuments.

EDP Headquarters

Avenida 24 de Julho

Cais do Sodré

This light and airy building was designed by award-winning architecture firm Aires Mateus as the headquarters of the former stete-owned energy company EDP. Located next door to the Mercado da Ribeira it blends perfectly with the contrasting surroundings, despite its size and style. It has in fact set a new standard for contemporary architecture in the city.

Museo dos Coches

Praça Afonso de Albuquerque


+351 21 361 0850



The new Museo dos Coches was designed by Brazilian Pritzker Price winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha on a plot adjacent to the old museum, that used to be occupied by the former royal riding shool. The museum offers an interesting contemporary backdrop to the richly decorated carriages, some of which date as far back as the 15th century.

Fundaçâo Champalimaud



Avenida de Brasilia


+351 21 048 0200


The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Indian architect Charles Correa. Located on the riverbank, near the mouth of the Tagus, the building finds the perfect balance between form and function. It truly expresses the essence of the magnificent location it was built on.

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