A look at 10 local developments that include works of restoration, extension, or repurposing that deserve applause!

Malta’s development has taken many different directions on our march of progress for the future, but let’s face it, nothing makes Maltese locals happier than hearing about restorations of buildings from our past.

Are you tired of seeing headlines lamenting the losses of Maltese traditional architecture? Can’t take listening to people protesting new development any longer? You’re not alone! Everyday seems to bring with it bads news for a townhouse, palazzo, or old cinema hall.

Now, don’t get us wrong…

We think it’s important that we keep our ears to the ground for what needs to be stopped or changed in our country; but it feels just as good – and maybe it’s as important – to get a spoonful of news about acts that should be applauded and rewarded.

And with that in mind, we take a look at 10 developments in Malta that showcase local artisanry at its best, featuring great skill at masonry, carpentry, design and architecture.

1. Sky blue apertures show Marsascala how it’s done

Meanwhile, a look to the right will give you an example of a building that’s a little less gracious. (We’re referring to the screaming blue paint and aluminium apertures and railing.)

2. Nadur

Still incomplete,  but what a stunner! Kappa Vision are the restorers behind this photo. We’ll tip our hats for this one.

3. This before & after make-over

It looks at you and goes “Arani issa!”

4. Sliema

We agree with Timothy – people who invest in these restorations deserve awards! P.S: Did you notice the frightening beast on the left side of the building?

5. Birkirkara

Birkirkara is filled with showstoppers; usually, that means grey towering blocks are on their way. We’re thankful this isn’t the case here!

6. Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq

Restored by Italians! Grazie!

7. Gwarda Manġa

We’ll be perfectly blunt, this is not our favourite restoration just because we feel the colours chosen are a tad awkward, but it’s still an absolutely fine job.

8. Għaxaq

About this house, Laurence Żerafa comments:

A restored corner house with two interesting unusual features; 3 walled up (or more likely never open) windows and two elevated front side doors never intended to be used for stepping in or out of the house. This shade of blue seems to be the most popular colour for apertures. In Għaxaq.

And Mary Mallia gives us some information:

There was a fashion, when probably this house was built, to include a window in a wall which was then blocked up, the intension being that if one day they decided they would like a window in that room, it would be just unblocked and a window fitted in.

9. The masonry applied to these apertures

We don’t have pictures of the entire building, but the skill and attention to detail employed in this work is evident and deserves a spot on our list!

10. Sliema

Two words: Absolutely divine!

Our team at House Malta is always on the look-out for spaces, places, and things that are being built up, torn down, modernised, restored, or re-purposed – be it by a big team or a one-man(or woman)-army.

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