The Alcântara Maritime Station is a paradigmatic building of the Modernist Movement in Portugal. The intervention on this work by Pardal Monteiro, from the 1940’s seeks to restore the building, deeply damaged by successive alterations, and adapt it to use as museum space.
The building is organized into three parts. On the west side there is the space for the restoration. The east wing, more spacious transforms itself into museum area. The central structure, which stands out from the building façade, is divided into the passenger terminal on the ground floor and the Almada Negreiros Room, famous for his murals, on the upper level. This room becomes a multipurpose space which, due to its central location relative to the other structures, physically connects with all the above mentioned areas and may be utilized as overflow for different functions.
The museum structure, which is the area more affected by the intervention, is divided in two levels which equally house new technical areas and a new cafeteria added on the top floor. The new elements were designed using a style compatible with the existing modernist style to the extent that differences are only noticeable under careful observation, thus assuring the harmony of the set.