Heart of Malta: Fallen Natural Landmark Rebuilt in a Dazzling New Form

A stunning rock formation in Malta known as the Azure Window
drew visitors from around the world until its collapse in a
storm in early 2017, but it could be reborn in an unexpected
way. In collaboration with Elena Britanishskaya, architect
Svetozar Andreev
proposes transforming the site of the fallen landmark into a
new exhibition space, mimicking the size and shape of the
original using mirrored steel faces. The project, entitled
‘Heart of Malta,’ aims to retain the location as a primary
tourist draw and use it as an opportunity to educate visitors
on the history of the island nation in the central
Mediterranean Sea.

Standing nearly 92 feet tall (28 meters), the abstracted form
of the new structure offers more than 53,000 square feet (5,000
square meters) of space spread over five spiraling floors. Each
spiral step represents 1,000 years of Maltese history, and the
exhibition hall itself showcases everything from traditional
shipbuilding methods and materials to cutting-edge modern
architectural techniques.

Just like the arch, the building stretches out from the land,
connected by a narrow bridge. The top remains a prime overlook
to gaze out onto the beautiful seaside landscape of Dwejra, and
visitors descend into the exhibition spaces via ramp. An online
poll in MaltaToday found that 68 percent of readers were in
favor of making the proposal a reality, says Andreev.

“It will be 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.”

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