Submitted by WA Contents

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Malta Architecture News - Jan 2, 2019 - 03:35   1501 views

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Russian architect Svetozar Andreev has proposed a giant polygonal structure to evoke the collapsed stone Azure Window in Maltese Islands. Called Heart of Malta, the new structure is envisioned as a new iconic landmark which will be built on the same site of Azure Window, was an icon of the Maltese islands. 

The stone Azure Window collapsed following a storm in March of 2017, and the arch collapsed into the sea, and there was no way to restore it.

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Andreev's proposal forms 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. 

Within this form we have designed 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.

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

The architect is collaborating with Russian architect Elena Britanishskaya on the project. The project's aim is to create a centre of attraction in Dwejra (San Lowrenz, Gozo, Malta), a new asset to draw tourists, this time to a new architectural and cultural landmark.

"We are confident that this project represents an outstanding investment for the future of Malta and Gozo," explained Andreev. 

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

"For the project, we propose to make use of the latest techniques and materials available in architecture and shipbuilding to reflect the environment of Dwejra, which will enable us to bring the project to reality while preserving the existing natural coastal landscape," said Svetozar Andreev.

"It will be a perfect monument and symbol of the fusion of modernity and nature," he added.

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

Svetozar Andreev proposes giant mirrored arch to evoke the collapsed Azure Window in Malta

All images courtesy of Svetozar Andreev

> via hotei-russia