vips visiting Lisbon Expo are greeted at a vip entrance gate designed by American architect Catherine Harrington. The project occupies a 13,500m2 site with views down to the river.
A canopy of trees marks the entrance to the ceremonial plaza which occupies most of the site. vips tend to arrive by car, stopping here temporarily before being chauffeured into the grounds - there is ample parking space for both vips and staff. The turning circle for cars is marked by a fountain constructed from a pool of water which runs continuously down the side of a sculptural curved wall. A wooden bridge leads to the 250m2 reception building, which appears to float in a pool of water. Visitors pass a screen of glass to enter the main reception room, which reflects Expo's ocean theme with a wave-shaped ceiling and blue stone floor. The floor melts into a still pool at the end of the room.
Harrington was awarded the commission after having worked with Yasuo Muramatsu on the first phase of the Expo masterplan.