VisitPortugal

2012/07/12

Modern Design Delights of Portugal

Oriente Train Staion ©Dias dos Reis | Turismo de Lisboa
Portugal may be the oldest nation in Europe--in terms of how long its current borders have beendefined--but today it is becoming known for its innovation and creativity in design.
What is old is what's new – and Portugal's had new places that have come to define the modern culture of an ancient nation.
Some examples that have transformed new landmarks in past years include:
The Park of Nations near the station was constructed for the 1998 World's Fair in Lisbon, modernizing a rundown waterfront in the city's northeast section and paving the way for continued urban redevelopment. The Portugal Pavilion within the Park of Nations was created by the Portuguese architect Álvaro de Siza Vieira. Nearby, Lisbon’s Oriente rail station is adorned with art, on an oceanic theme, by international artists from five continents.
The city of Ilhavo, on Portugal’s central coast, recently refurbished its Maritime Museum, which celebrates the town’s sea-faring culture. The result was a dramatically modern building of white and black stone.
In the southern Portugal city of Sines, a new cultural center using an impressive modernist design now stands at the edge of the city’s historic district, which also features a medieval castle.
In Porto, the relatively new National Contemporary Art Museum helped spur the city’s transformation from a fine wine-producing city to a center of contemporary art and architecture. There is also Porto’s Casa da Musica (House of Music)and numerous galleries now populate the Rua Miguel Bombarda.
Source: VisitEurope Newsletter



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