4TH JULY AT 19:45
The Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva is located in Parque das Nações, the city’s World Expo site – built to host the 1998 Universal Exposition of Lisbon dedicated to the Oceans. This renovated area in the eastern part of the city provides a successful example of the transformation of an obsolete industrial area using a World Expo. It opened up some 5km of heavily-polluted former industrial waterfront and created a major new mixed commercial and residential district, which reflects the modern Lisbon. A pioneer approach was taken, which included soil decontamination and a set of other environmental procedures.
The Pavilion of Knowledge was designed by Architect Carrilho da Graça, as integrant part of the Expo ‘98. It was by then known as “Ocean Knowledge Pavilion”, showing of the relationship between Men and the Oceans through the ages. The building is made up from a vertical volume - the ship which contains the vessels or fragments and which is the center off the exhibition area - and from another horizontal block split by an access patio. The horizontal block appears to be suspended and allows the continuity of the public area between the street and the river dock.
The building is representative of the architectural change that occurred in Lisbon with the EXPO'98 and was awarded with the Great Prize of Juri FAD 1999. The jury considered that this work represents an emotional moment, in a context of mixture of simplicity and complexity, creating a highly qualified architectural space.
One year later the Pavilion of Knowledge has been adapted into a science centre: the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva. Since then it became an institution of reference for the promotion of scientific and technological culture in the Portuguese society, being the largest and most popular Science Center of Portugal. Throughout more than 3000 m2 and hundreds of interactive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors can enjoy and depict the meaning and power of science. In addition to exciting, high quality exhibitions in a wide range of topics, the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva develops professional programs for educators and educational activities that spark curiosity, creativity and critical thinking among visitors, develop their foundational skills and contribute towards an empowerment of citizenship based on scientific knowledge.
Come to the reception and visit the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva.
Largo José Mariano Gago
Parque das Nações
38º45'46.30 N; 9º05'43.71 W
HOW TO GET THERE?
By subway: take the RED LINE at S. Sebastião station (direction Airport) and drop at Oriente Station. The The Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva is located only a block (5 min walk) away from Oriente station in a pedestrian-friendly area. One way ticket – 1,45€
By Taxi: 7-10€
By Uber: 6-10 €
A night out in Parque das Nações tends to be more relaxed than in other parts of Lisbon, but there are plenty of different restaurants, cafés and pubs around, as well as iconic works of contemporary architecture, public art and urban landscape, which makes Parque das Nações a destination in its own right. It is an opportunity to visit Santiago Calatrava’s railway station, the Pavillion of Portugal with its impressive sagging roof (a "sheet of concrete") designed by the Pritzker Price Alvaro Siza Vieira or Peter Chermayeff’s Oceanarium!