When Archi+ was given the task of managing the finishes of the Parliament Building in Valletta, each one of us felt proud as the project was set in such an iconic City which was going through a complete transformation and a well deserved and necessary upgrade. The challenge here was that we had to use foresight to ensure the finishes fit well within the new concept of the space as a whole, from the Triton Fountain, to the new entrance to Valletta right through to the Parliament.
Working with designs from renowned designer and architect Renzo Piano, who is also responsible for having designed the tallest building in Western Europe – The Shard in London, was a clear sign of where Archi + had come so far – and we were ready to walk in the footsteps of giants.
Project manager Matthew Cachia Zammit has a passion for working with materials and also enjoyed this particular project due to its location – right in the main artery of a bustling city. Working with the chosen materials was ideal as they are so unique but blend into their new environment so well and, frankly, Matthew simply loves being on site, at the very forefront of the design process with all the new challenges that presents in itself.
What we see now when we enter our beloved Valletta is a flowing space where energy can travel freely and people are encouraged to interact in the entrance of such an important historical European City, the Capital of Culture for 2018.