in collaboration with elena britanishskaya, the architect svetozar andreev, proposes to transform malta‘s collapsed ‘azure window’ into a steel exhibition space. tieqa żerqa, more popularly known as the azure window, was an icon of the maltese islands, however, following a storm in march of 2017, the arch collapsed into the sea. the ‘heart of malta’ project plans to create a new visual landmark by creating a polygonal architectural form with mirrored steel faces, which will blend into the landscape and have the same size and proportions as the original limestone arch.
all images and video © svetozar andreev
the proposal by andreev and britanishskaya envisions a new form comprising of over 5,000 square meters of exhibition space laid out over five spiral floors, with a dynamic laser show in which each spiral step represents one thousand years of maltese history. the proposal has been submitted to the maltese authorities and andreev describes the project as ‘a perfect monument and symbol of the fusion of modernity and nature, of time and history, and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit.’
the ‘heart of malta’ project aims to create a new architectural and cultural landmark to draw tourists to this area of malta. the grand mirrored steel form intends to represent an outstanding investment for the future of malta and gozo. for the project, the architect proposes to make use of the latest techniques and materials available in architecture and shipbuilding to reflect the environment of dwejra, which will enable the project to be brought to reality while preserving the existing natural coastal landscape.
project name: ‘the heart of malta project’
architecture and interior design: svetozar andreev, in collaboration with elena britanishskaya
location: dwejra, san lowrenz, gozo, malta
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
architecture in malta (7 articles)
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