Valletta: City Hall & Gate

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Wow. Totally blown away by this building. The context again plays a huge part in why I really respected the thought put into the design.

Malta is a beautiful country, one where limited resources and perhaps for cultural reasons, buildings are all constructed from the same sandstone material. The uniformity gives the cities a cohesive beauty.

The city gate, and the building I would call “city hall” though its not officially listed anywhere as such, takes into consideration the context and takes what is a very traditional, local medium and designs something modern.

The texture on this building is incredible. The uniformity of the cuts of stone give the building a graphic nature, and yet on closer approach, they have are three dimensional and give a send of depth that is truly unique.

There are many approaches to the building- its nested in between various stair cases and even building into an underground, which I found very surprising.

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I desperately wished to get inside the building and to better understand why the bridging between the 2 buildings, forming one, but as a state building the whole courtyard (which would typically be accessible) was gated off.

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This is easily one of the most amazing pieces of architecture. Malta has done such an excellent job of preserving its own architectural history and Renzo Piano has done what I would consider the best possible job of taking the old and merging it with the new.

Website: Architecture Daily Write up

Address: Valletta city center

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