Russian architects from St. Petersburg Svetozar Andreev and Elena Britanishskaya have developed a project to recreate the Azure Window – a 28-meter limestone rock in the form of arches on the Maltese island of Gozo. Part of the huge rock that forms the arch was destroyed during a violent storm in March 2017.
It is impossible to restore the arch in its original form, but keeping its status as the most important tourist attraction is a solvable task, Svetozar Andreev is sure. For this, he proposes to build an exhibition pavilion here, resembling a destroyed arch in shape, size and proportions. To create it, it is planned to use the latest technologies and ultra-strong materials used in shipbuilding. For example, building facades will be clad with steel panels that will reflect water, sun and surrounding landscapes.
Exhibition space with an area of more than 5 thousand square meters. m will be built in the form of a spiral. It offers five floors, each of which will house a separate exhibition on the history of Malta. Russian architects call their project “a symbol of the fusion of modernity and nature, time and history, as well as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”
The Azure Window, also known as the Heart of Malta, is one of the most famous landmarks island state. The arch had the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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