Russian architect Svetozar Andreev has released an innovative vision for the stone Azure Window arch of the Maltese Islands. The iconic landmark collapsed following a storm in 2017, and Andreev proposes a brand new mirrored metal arch to take its place. Referred to as the Heart of Malta, the structure was developed as a polygonal form with similar size and proportions as the original limestone arch.
Hoping of breathing new life into the destroyed landmark, Hoteì Russia, a design studio headed by Svetozar Andreev, has collaborated with architect Elena Britanishskaya to propose a restoration of the arch.
The Heart of Malta proposal is an unconventional five-floor exhibition space, that may feature 5,000 square meters of creative space in addition to five spiral floors. Calling it an “icon of the Maltese Islands”, the architectural firm detailed their plans to replace the Azure Window with their unique steel structure.
“We are confident that this project represents an outstanding investment for the future of Malta and Gozo,” explained Andreev. “The objective is to compensate for the loss of the Azure Window and create a centre of attraction in Dwejra, a new asset to draw tourists, this time to a new architectural and cultural landmark. 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,” Andreev said.
Andreev explained that the team intends to use “the latest techniques and materials available in architecture and shipbuilding,” so as to maintain the existing natural coastal environment while turning the project into reality.