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Construction starts on AL_A-designed EDP Foundation Arts & Technology Centre in Lisbon

Construction of the new EDP Foundation Arts & Technology Centre, designed by London-based architecture firm AL_A, began in early January after the original site was demolished in December.

The new public building, which is due for completion in 2015, is located on the Belém waterfront in Lisbon, renewing access to the Tagus River from the city and consolidating the wider publicly funded urban regeneration of the area.

Incorporating over 7,000 sq m of new public space, the Centre will explore the convergence of architecture, technology and contemporary art as a field of cultural practice. It will accommodate a trans-disciplinary programme of exhibitions, public events and community engagement. A new discursive space for the city, it will lead the conversation about the evolution of Lisbon and Portugal.

Energias de Portugal (EDP) is a global energy provider and the largest electricity supplier in the Iberian Peninsula. Its not-for-profit arm, Fundação EDP, commissioned AL_A to create a design that would reflect the ethos and context of the business – energy, innovation, sustainability – and reaffirm EDP’s commitment to Lisbon.

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