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Central service entrance - Expo Lisbon 1998

Central service entrance at the Exhibition Expo Lisbon 1998
Architect(s) : José Guedes Cruz

All supplies, maintenance traffic and staff working on EXPO '98 were to use the service entrance (next to the north entrance) that leads to the central services area; a group of buildings that house the organisation responsible for the day-to-day operation of the exhibition.

When all activities and events related to the Lisbon World Expo are closed, this building will be dismantled.

For this reason, José Guedes Cruz has created an "economical structure", the main elements being a metallic structure and prefabricated slabs that can be easily dismantled, based on a modulation (repetition of a basic module) that is clearly visible in the exposed metallic structure that supports the floors (on the larger buildings); the interiors are closed by sheet metal walls.

The successive layers that make up the buildings, finally crowned by a protective cladding - makes it stand out in two striking ways; by its position and the fact that it projects a rare elegance, for a group of buildings whose functions are rather banal if compared to the other pavilions of the Lisbon World Expo.

But the care taken by the designers has resulted in one of the most successful works of architecture in the entire exhibition site. The cladding of the vehicle entrance is enhanced by the gentle curve of the roof, supported by a repeated X-shaped structure.