Power Structures Option Studio

Museums have the power to orient the public, they make visible what has been seen but not looked at. Yet behind the pristine white walls of these museums is also the power to conceal, they cloak the internal machinery of the museum which runs on exchanges of capital and legitimacy while its hermetic seal works to protect and disconnect its artifacts from their provenance and external environment. How can architecture draw attention to these hidden mechanisms if not reveal them?

C.A.R.E. is a new cultural institution in the heart of Lisbon. It repositions three key organizations: the EDP Foundation, a non-profit subsidiary of the national Portuguese electric company; Central Tejo, a former power station converted into a present-day heritage museum; and MAAT, the newest contemporary art museum of Lisbon. By revealing and realigning their relationship, art and science can be positioned closely together to tackle the energy crisis which is both profoundly social and cultural.