7478 and Christian Spiteri Architect designed the 33-story tower on behalf of project developer PX Lettings. The building should accommodate apartments on the upper floors and offices at the bottom of the building, with catering facilities at the base. The plan also includes an underground parking garage with 5 levels.
Create a public space
The project covers only 32% of its share, leaving room for a spacious plaza that the architects would like to make fully accessible to the public. The architects believed that tall buildings in such a densely populated area were a better option than filling the site with “an unmarked, traditional block that would occupy the entire site and leave no public space open,” they explained.
On an island like Malta, where arable land is scarce, it would be evident that the developer would occupy the entire land with a building oriented horizontally, explains architect Alessandro de Santis from 7478. “Instead, we chose, along with our clients, to design tall buildings in This particular site is already marked by a high civilization.
“This is the best way to preserve and improve public spaces,” de Santis continues. “Liberating more land creates open space available to all.”
Simplicity and strength
With design, architects also want to respond to what they refer to as “the architectural incoherence of the immediate environment”. In return, they erected a building that creates a clear identity. The design of the tower is inspired by the austerity and at the same time the strong appearance of the rock formations in Malta.
They explain that by designing tall concrete, architects strive to achieve architectural purity. They leave out anything unnecessary. “It eliminates the traditional double-walled trim and cladding in favor of an elegant, slim and robust silhouette,” the architects said.
The building is tapered up to reduce shadows. Round windows form openings for the facade. All service areas and rotation cores are placed on the south side. Thus, the design protects the living areas from bright sunlight, while improving the view of the Mediterranean Sea to the north.
With design, architectural firms strive to achieve a high degree of environmental sustainability. The ambition is to obtain LEED Gold certification. Planning permission has been applied for and is now under review by the local planning authority.