LISBON EXPO'98 VISION

Vasco de Gama Tower & Gardens on the Tagus

At the northern most point of the exposition stands the tallest urban structure in Lisbon today. The Vasco da Gama Tower was home for the European Union (EU) Pavilion. Designed by American architects Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Inc., the structure is made up of a 458-feet tall concrete mast (about 40 stories) and a curved metal support structure. The profile of the whole structure resembles the sail of a ship. The tower is host to a panoramic restaurant at a height of 324-feet and a terrace at 382-feet. Access to the tower is via two glass-sided elevators that face the Tagus River with room for twenty-five passengers each. The main pavilion exhibition was housed on the ground floor that sits over concrete piling on the river.

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