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Pavillion of Portugal, Parque das Nações, where Expo 98 took place - I took this photo from the inside of the telpher and through the window.

"The Pavilhão de Portugal of the Expo´98 is situated near the north-east corner of the Molhe (pier) dos Olivais. The span between the building and the river-bank is covered by a balcony held by graceful pillars and forms a lateral porch fixed to the east façade.
This construction, made of concrete, was not assigned any determined use for after the event, so it required a great flexibility and versatility in terms of space, while its representative function demanded a clear and powerful image.
The building, rising on a north-south axis, is formed by two bodies separated by a construction joint.
The first unit is really a great ceremonial square flanked, on the north and south, by two large porticos lined with tiles of different colours, between which an extremely thin blade of concrete draws a curve, like a giant canvas.
The second body is a building of rectangular shape with a basement and two storeys. These three floors «grow» around a patio with earth on the ground, so as to allow trees to be planted.
A complentary body of two flors stands out from a corner of the building, separated from the main construction by a gallery.
Architect: Álvaro Siza Vieira"

(text from "http://viajar.clix.pt/com/tesouros.php?lid=324&lg=en")

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