Lisbon’s Expo ’98 is to have a 30 000m2 gateway complex designed by Building Design Partnership. The project will include two 24-storey towers.
BDP’s Manchester office won an international competition to design this retail, leisure and residential complex, which will be positioned as a threshold for the Expo site. The client is major Portuguese developer Sonae.
Expo is positioned in an “industrial wasteland” area of Lisbon, according to a BDP spokesman. “This is a regeneration project and it’ll become a commercial centre after Expo finishes,” he says.
The towers, containing 150 apartments each, will be designed to look like sails, reflecting the Expo’s nautical theme. The three-level gateway complex will incorporate retail and leisure facilities, with a “translucent membrane roof” for cooling purposes.