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Architecture Project POOL PAvILIOn

020 welcome to The architect’s role is no small feat; they must meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. The spaces they create should enhance life’s quality, achieve customer satisfaction, provide flexibility and adaptation to user changes, support desirable natural and social environments, as well as maximise the efficient use of resources. There is no room for error; there is no slack to be cut. This issue of HOMEWORKS focuses and profiles four contemporary architectural firms who are shaping the present and future generations. The firms are all of different sizes, but their continuous struggle is unanimous: creative and sustainable architecture. Architecture Project (AP) highlights a pool pavilion, illustrating the firm’s ambition to exploit the diversity that underpins their creative philosophy. (Page 022) Architects Studio features an amalgamation of different projects that highlight their allusion that bettering the environment is a veritable balancing act, weighing the various demands and exigencies of the client, site, environment and public alike. (Page 030)

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Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects (MJMDA) features an urban chic apartment, which is all about transitions and inner transport on page 038. _spacestudio illustrate their philosophy that each project is approached with a nonpredetermined design solution, ensuring that the solutions adopted are site and project specific through a Mellieha conversion on page 046. Zillah Bugeja investigates the forces at play behind the future of Maltese domestic architecture on page 053. The future is bright as the young budding architects from SACES (Society of Architecture and Civil Engineering Students) show us what they’ve got on page 082. Architecture is the foundation, but Interior Designer Penny Apap Brown highlights just how much the soft furnishings can make a difference to a space. See the before and after feature Cosy Up Your Home on page 059. See how warmth and interest can be added to a room through the smart use of colours, textures and accessories. Two interviews this issue: one with Italian Aran Kitchen Designer Luigi Cicconi (page 069) and the other with Industrial Designer Laurent Muller (page 073), who is now bringing the skills he developed in his painting for the past 6 years to interior and furniture design. The HOMEWORKS team would like to extend a thank you to all the readers who responded to last issue’s survey. The results prove as a fantastic consultation exercise and will invariably help us improve to make HOMEWORKS even better. This issue is a packed one, inclusive of some features that were requested by readers. Welcome to the cosy reading season and enjoy!

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“I find HOMEWORKS magazine to be very intriguing to say the least and every issue captivates me. My house continues to reflect my character in an absolute manner – very conservative. Everything is in perfect alignment, symmetry and a matching colour scheme. I would love to experiment with different styles – striking soft furnishings, an odd feature or two and maybe a dash of bold paint, but am somehow afraid to venture into the unknown. Can HOMEWORKS help me put up with a challenge by offering tips on the above?” Carol Cortis

READERSWROTE “i was wondering if someone would be able to help us finally sort out my 16-year-old’s bedroom so that he can finally identify with his room, feel comfortable and take pride in keeping it in a good condition. We live in a townhouse in Balzan and most of our rooms have been decorated in a mishmash of furniture and styles, taking into consideration the period of the house and our own budget limitations. However, justin’s bedroom was put together through cast offs rather than him choosing any of the items himself. Hence no sense of ownership or pride really exists. We have now sort of decided to move him into another bedroom and would like to give him the opportunity to finally design his bedroom with help, still on a shoestring budget! is there any help you can perhaps offer, even if it is in giving us ideas of how this room can incorporate a desk, with some modern furniture whilst still keeping in mind the townhouse feel of the rest of the house?” Mariella Mamo

HOMEWORKS ISSUE 38 SURVEY WINNER

The winner of the HOMEWORKS issue 38 survey is Maureen Farrugia. Maureen won the dinner for two at the Oceana Restaurant at Hilton Malta. The results of this survey will be published in the next issue of HOMEWORKS - issue 40.

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NEEDSYOU! HOMEWORKS REaDERS are invited to submit interesting photographs and a brief description of their homes, which may be distinct in their architectural design. Of particular interest are homes that offer outstanding elements of both interior and exterior living spaces. HOMEWORKS will select the best submissions for future features. Send a photo and information to the attention of: The Editor, Writeon Ltd., Airways House, Level 5, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 Malta or info@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned)

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BIG BEN NEW STOCK

New stock of curtain material such as taffetta, sheers and jacquard has just arrived at big ben. There’s also a new section of cut-length exclusive material and wallpaper with a delivery time of approximately two weeks.

CARMELO DELIA THURSDAY LATE OPENING HOURS

Following the positive feedback during their recent late opening hours, Carmelo delia in birkirkara Valley are pleased to announce their late opening hours on Thursdays. The showroom will remain open until 9pm, every Thursday, as from this October. This service is aimed at offering customers more convenience to shop around for home requirements.

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DOMESTICA NICOLETTIHOME

Nicolettihome, one of the top leading Italian manufacturers, is now available at domestica. The company produces sofas to the highest quality standards. Nicolettihome offers a wide range of sofas, which are available in different sizes and can be adapted to suit everyone`s needs, from an extended range of leather and microfiber sofas, available in any colour. Nicolettihome sofas are available from the domestica Showroom in Msida.

JOSEPH CACHIA & SON LTD EFFICIENT LED LIGHT Joseph Cachia & Son Ltd, a subsidiary of the M. demajo Group, has recently launched a new eco friendly product on the local market. The Pharox Lemnis LEd Light is a highly efficient LEd bulb, that is rewarding for both your wallet and our planet.

A new concept warehouse & showroom has finally arrived in Malta, next to the American Embassy in Ta’ Qali, with total parking convenience. The showroom is a 2,000 square metre warehouse, which has been opened by the Orienta chain. Enjoy a leisurely view of home settings, which includes kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, sofa suites, light fittings and any accessory imaginable to make your living space a home.

VASSALLO JOINERS REBRAND

Vassallo Joiners Ltd., Malta’s leading manufacturers of bespoke wooden kitchens, doors and furniture have recently rebranded their identity to reflect the company’s passion and philosophy to manufacture each custom project with flawless craftsmanship, top quality raw materials and lasting value to the smallest detail.

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VELLA FALZON GROUP GRES PORCELLANATO The latest trends and collections of Glamour Textile Gres Porcellanato have just arrived at Vella Falzon Group. Combine floor and wall tile designs to create a stylish and glamorous wallpaper effect finish.

VCT NEW SHOWROOM VCT will be launching a new showroom, together with a new range of products. A wide variety of recessed light fittings in LEd lamps with a decorative twist will be available in three colour temperatures.

C FINO + SONS FINO MARINE

C Fino + Sons Ltd. have just launched a new division - Fino Marine; created to fill a need in a highly specialised and niche market of the yachting industry. Thanks to its skilled workforce the company is able to produce any yacht interior from design concept right up to installation to give a truly customised look for any waterborne asset.

SPOT ON ELEGANT LIGHTS

Spot On Supplies of Paola have recently introduced a large selection of elegant light fixtures, which compliment today’s contemporary design. This new collection is available in different shaped shades in various designs and colours, including chrome, stainless steel and wenge finishes. The collection is often used in commercial outlets, as they promise a feeling of warmth and offer a welcoming effect. To maximise a room’s style, different shades can be chosen for different designs.

THE TILE PIETRA DI MATERA BY FABBRICA DEL VIGNOLA

Pietra di Matera by Fabbrica del Vignola is now exclusively available from The Tile in San Gwann. This tile is now available in three sizes and the finish is the closest look-alike to the natural and local “Ciangatura”. It is stain resistant in Gres Porcellanato, which makes it maintenance free, just like the authentic stone.

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Light glass hole fittings for false ceilings. Price: starting from €68, including electronic control gear and lamps. VCT Ltd. Light & design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. info@vct.com.mt

Light glass-hole fittings for false ceilings for energy efficient lamps. Price: starting from €65, complete with electronic control gear and lamps. VCT Ltd. Light & design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. info@vct.com.mt

Tite - Suspension lamp in fibreglass fabric with yellow Kevlar and regular or black carbon thread - support in brushed stainless steel, available in 3 different sizes. Price: starting from €318. Brilliant, Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: 2202 2164.

Solar energy saves you money throughout the year - M & E Installations can advise you on its many related domestic and industrial cost saving uses - innovative solutions with professional installation and service, a guaranteed investment. M & E Installations, Unit 4, binja Wejter, dun Gejtanu Mannarino Str., b’Kara. Tel: 2701 9389 / 9987 3324. info@meinstallations.com

The baroque bourgie table lamp by Kartell made entirely of transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate, is available in different colours and is composed of three layers that interconnect with its large lampshade made with a pleated effect. Price: upon request. Domestica Showroom in Msida. Tel. 2144 7604. www.domestica.com.mt

Table Twiggy - Ample, linear, essential design combined with strong flexibility characterise the formal elegance and light sophistication of Twiggy. Price: table twiggy, made of lacquered composite material on a fibreglass base, available in white, black, yellow and red for €410. Brilliant, Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: 2202 2164.

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Mdina Glass coloured candle holders create a range of ambient atmospheres to suit every mood and occasion - ideal decorative items for the home. Price: starting from €12. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Mdina Glass offers a diverse collection of fused plates and bowls, which are available in a variety of colours, shapes and textures. This flexibility makes it possible for Mdina Glass to create custom-made items to satisfy personal requirements. Price: starting from €35 for clocks. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Mdina Glass produces a large variety of vases, bowls and lamps, which are both functional and decorative – as with all their glassware, different colour application techniques are employed, thus rendering an exciting selection of patterns and colours. Price: starting from vases €58 / bowls €70 / lamps €186. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Visit the new Mdina Glass outlet in Gozo and discover a world of light and colour, including the new range of specially produced Gozo scenes. Price: starting from €30. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

Each and every Mdina Glass piece is handmade, enabling Malta’s pioneer glassmaker to customise glass items to clients’ preferences, whether in terms of design, pattern or colour scheme. Price: starting from €220 for sculptures. Mdina Glass. Tel: 2141 5786. www.mdinaglass.net

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SKINPEEP MEETS THE ARC 17th October - 20th November 2009 St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta.

by Chris Briffa Architects & Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects (MJMDA)

St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (Valletta) is currently hosting two exhibitions by two architectural firms: Chris Briffa Architects & Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects, until Friday November 20th. The two architectural installations revolve around a common theme, which interprets their perception of the architect’s role in the local context. The two studios feel that current building industry has locally relegated the ‘Perit’ to be read as a necessary evil, for both developers and environmentalists. While arguing whether the term ‘Perit’ is still appropriate in today’s multidisciplinary design processes, the exhibitions will offer a platform for both studios to attempt self-examination and poetical representation of their respective design methods. Here is what they had to say about their interventions:

ARCHITECT CHRIS BRIFFA: “Good design in buildings is often appreciated in very much a skin-deep manner. Yet there is a complex thought process that goes beyond the obvious issues of planning authorities, structure and construction. By literally relocating an entire architectural office into a temporary interactive space, SKIN PEEP will attempt to put this process on display. Placing members of an architectural studio within a voyeuristic “skin”, the public will be encouraged to “peep” into the office, view the live workspace, while becoming part of the anthropological experiment. The physical installation will constitute half the exhibit, while the other - the daily work that goes into developing an architectural concept from idea to physical project – will be on display in an uninhibited theatrical stance. Attempting to break down the link between the architectural profession and the public; SKIN PEEP will also serve to mark the studio’s 5th

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year of activity, displaying selected works while focusing on the deeper issues and processes behind them.” ARCHITECT MATTHEW JAMES MERCIECA: “Traditionally the ‘Perit’ has been relegated to the role of laying out, legalising, engineering, and supervising the construction of shell buildings in an isolated manner. Society today, needs once again a holistic architectural process and practise to deliver high standard solutions that work in today’s reality and for the benefit of its users. We think that historically ‘aesthetically un-ambitious and intensely practical and conservative’1 Maltese individuals are changing. Instead of forming part of an insular society with limited economic means they are more akin to mainland European thinking due to the new socio-political integration and the instant technological free flow of knowledge and information. Look around you. Everything you see is at your scale. The short film produced by Charles & Ray

Eames, ‘Powers of Ten’ opens up our view to a journey from human scale to macro and back to micro. Through the journey one can identify striking similarities between scales that harbour secrets to unlock further possibilities of reality. At each of these scales is an immense network of energy and relationships. We are using this parallel and focusing on the electric arc as a symbol of information exchange. We believe that frequent electric arcs (micro) between the core components such as clients, architects and contractors in a technological platform will produce an ideal architectural process (macro), which will result in Architecture being a dynamic and functional art form.” Briffa and Mercieca graduated in architecture in 1999 from the University of Malta, furthered their studies at Virginia Tech (USA) and Politechnico di Milano (IT). They are both design tutors at the University of Malta and share a common approach to architecture connected with their friendship and professional development.

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ARCHITECTURE PROJECT THE SUMMER PAVILION RESPONDS TO ITS HILLTOP, PRIVATE GARDEN SETTING, PROVIDING FAMILIAL POOLSIDE FACILITIES.

Residential: Pool Pavilion Architecture: Architecture Project (AP) Photos: Kurt Arrigo

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RAISED SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE POOL, THE NORTH FACING DINING AND BARBEQUE SPACE OPENS TO THE LANDSCAPE BELOW AND THE MEDITERRANEAN BEYOND. The brief specifically called for the reorganisation of the then existing pool-side facilities, not solely to encourage their use by the family on a more regular basis, but also to enhance their role when the gardens are geared for entertaining. The project was scheduled to be undertaken in two distinct phases. The first concentrated on the pool, which had originally almost carelessly been positioned at a remote end of the garden. The interventions sought to integrate it into the surrounding landscape. The second phase was tackled one year later. It dealt with the creation of new pool-side facilities to replace the available rooms constructed to the south. The lawn and the trees initially stopped short of the pool, hesitant and wary of this intrusive body of water. The gentle curve of the existing path was therefore extended to embrace the water and develop the sense of the pool as a pond at the bottom of the garden. The lawn was drawn right in to the water’s edge and the colour of the water was darkened. A raised deck was constructed to one side, seemingly blocking the flow of water down the hillside beyond the garden limits, and the greenery was wrapped around the pool’s perimeter. Lawnæ drawnæ rightæ inæ toæ theæ waterÍ sæ edge.æ Raisedæ deckæ constructedæ onæ oneæ side,æ seeminglyæ blockingæ theæ flowæ ofæ wateræ downæ theæ hillsideæ beyondæ theæ gardenæ limits;æ theæ greeneryæ wasæ wrappedæ aroundæ theæ poolÍ sæ perimeter.æ

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Designed primarily as a covered external space for summer living, the main volume of the pavilion is aligned with the pool and the original garden terraces, but orientates towards the views beyond.


Conceived as a monolith rising out of the surrounding terrain, the pavilion itself sits on a raised deck, at the end of the curve of the path leading from the house. Designed primarily as a covered external space for summer living, the main volume of the pavilion is aligned with the pool and the original garden terraces, but oriented towards the views beyond. A finger of roof extends perpendicular to this covered outdoor dining space into the lush greenery of the surrounding garden. The extension becomes an enclosed space where opening glazed screens protect the living/kitchen from the occasional strong winds. Electrically controlled semi-translucent proprietary blinds provide privacy when desired and shelter from the intense summer sun, while retaining visual continuity between the interior and the surrounding landscape. The pavilion is built of a simple steelsupporting frame anchored at the extremities into reinforced concrete blocks, which conceal the services spaces and provide additional shade. Clad entirely in hardstone slabs, identical to those used in the floors, the detailing is purposely minimal throughout, allowing the surrounding garden, its greenery, the views and the refreshing breezes to absorb the thoughts and senses of the occupants, so that they may fully participate in the ceremony of the day and the spectacle of the setting.

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Profile: AP (Architecture Project) Photo: MAS

AP WAS CONCEIVED AS A DESIGN LABORATORY WHERE INNOVATIVE IDEAS ARE ENCOURAGED AND ALLOWED TO THRIVE, AND WHERE SOLUTIONS EVOLVE IN A DYNAMIC AND FERTILE ENVIRONMENT. AS A RESULT, TEAMWORK IS A FUNDAMENTAL QUALITY OF THE SPIRIT OF THE OFFICE, AND EVERY TIME A NEW MEMBER JOINS THE TEAM THE NOVEL VISION THAT IS ADDED BRINGS FRESHNESS NATURALLY TO THE FIRM’S PORTFOLIO.

ABOVE,æ FROMæ LEFTæ TOæ RIGHT:æ APæ Partnersæ Davidæ Felice,æ Albertoæ Miceliæ Farrugia,æ Davidæ Dragoæ andæ Konradæ Buhagiar.

This open-ended and flexible organisation puts AP in a position to address the specificity and uniqueness of each individual project. It is clear, however, that notwithstanding this, the underlying areas of interest remain constant, and, as the number of built projects increases, the areas of research that emerge are becoming more defined. The rehabilitation and revitalisation of historic buildings and sites is manifestly one of their favourite themes. The revitalisation of Pinto Wharf, for example, has been a great contribution to the consolidation of the role of Valletta as gateway to the island. Besides, who doesn’t associate the work of the firm with the creative mixing of new materials with traditional construction methodology? The communications tower in Nadur, with its sculptural qualities and formal contrasts is clearly the epitome of this marriage. Add to this a concern with energy efficiency (The Malta Stock Exchange), contextuality (the Marks & Spencer Bridge) and social responsibility (their new landscaping project for Dock 1 in Cottonera) and you have a palette of interventions that are breathing new life into our ageing urban fabric. Under their belt is a long list of fascinating projects, some of which have won important local and international awards (The Europa Nostra Award for the Valletta Waterfront, for instance). Amongst various international developments, commercial

outlets and amazing domestic projects, they’ve also been responsible for the Xara Palace Hotel, the rehabilitation of parts of the Auberge de Castille and St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and the re-organisation and fitting out of the Manoel Theatre premises. The list doesn’t end there – recent projects, including the austere formal discipline of new building for the Malta Maritime Authority and, not so far from it, the small wooden fantasy in the Q Bar on the Valletta Waterfront, are an indication that the virtuosity of AP’s architectural expression is as animated and vibrant as it has always been. Last year they were shortlisted for the Architects’ Journal Small Projects Award with a sculptural extension to a house in Malta and, recently, for the World Architecture Awards with a project entitled ‘Corporate Village’. This year, they were chosen by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to be associate architects on the project for the new City Gate and Parliament building. Their combined vision will breathe new life into the entrance to Valletta, left abandoned for so many years. True to their ambition to exploit the diversity that underpins their creative philosophy, in 2003 AP set up an office in Split, Croatia (where they won a competition for a major commercial and residential development at the entrance of the town) and more recently, an architectural office in London.

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ARCHITECTSSTUDIO ARCHITECTS STUDIO BRINGS TOGETHER A GROUP OF EIGHT YOUNG(ISH) ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS EACH POSSESSING A CREATIVE SPIRIT UNLIKE THE OTHER.

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The studio was founded by four of the architects in 1995 after they had first gone their separate ways for six years. They still retain their own individual practices within the same offices but combine resources and skills on certain projects. Staircase, Lombard Bank (Malta) p.l.c., Valletta

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They have no formal mission statement but their vision as architects and as a studio is straightforward and clear: the quality of our lives depends enormously on the quality of the built environment. Architects Studio’s task is to play a small role in improving this environment. They allude to this task as a veritable balancing act, weighing the various demands and exigencies of the client, site, environment and public alike. Their concern with aesthetics, form and function is fundamental, well aware that the buildings are there to stay and that they must function well. More recently, their concern and interest in the energy performance of buildings and their sustainability has grown. Their hands-on approach to their profession, together with the flexibility that the scale of the office affords, ensures a commitment of one of the partners to oversee all stages of the projects.

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Profile: Architects Studio Photography: MAS

ABOVE,æ FROMæ LEFTæ TOæ RIGHT:æ Adrianæ Mamo,æ Godwinæ Vella,æ Rupertæ Pace,æ Bernardæ Vella,æ Rayæ Said,æ Patrickæ Calleja,æ Kennethæ Zammitæ Endrichæ andæ Chrisæ Aguisæ Burke.

Architects Studio portfolio includes such diverse projects as a chapel altar at the Jesuit Retreat House and the structural design of the National Arts Centre at St.James Cavalier; the Commonwealth Heads of Government Media Centre and the Malta Pavilion at Hannover EXPO 2000. One area of particular interest to the studio is the renovation and conversion of historic buildings; the four founding members of the firm all spent some time at the now defunct Antiquities Section of the Works Department, overwhelmed by the nature and state of our rich architectural

and cultural heritage. Amongst the various renovation projects that the studio worked on are Casa Leone in Sta.Venera, the Lombard Bank (Malta) plc Wealth Management offices in Valletta and the Atlas Insurance PCC head office in Ta’Xbiex. More recently Architects Studio have been commissioned to oversee the restoration and conversion of the Banca Giuratale in Valletta and the last remaining fully detached house on Tower Road, Sliema.

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MATTHEW JAMES MERCIECA (MJMdA)

DESIGNARCHITECTS DESPITE THE VERY SMALL SPACE AND AREA, THE ‘URBAN CHIC’ APARTMENT IS ABOUT TRANSITIONS AND INNER TRANSPORT.

Photos: Peter M Mercieca

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Timber masses with their outlines alight were set afloat over a white fluid resin floor. One mass was shaped to become functional storage and bar in the living space. Another was turned into one of two psychological restrictions. The narrowing space between the timber surfaces concealing laundry, box room, guest restroom and control room uses space wisely, simultaneously deters entry, as well as enhances a sense of safety and self.

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Mostly concealed kitchen, which provides a pivot and vantage point, providing the balance between a toned work station and the plush â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tuftyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by B&B.

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Main bedroom, which was conceived through a blend of analysis of living patterns and sequences (bathing-clothing-sleepingrelaxing).


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THIS PURPOSE-BUILT APARTMENT WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A CHIC AND COSY SETTING BY THE USE OF CREATIVE COMBINATIONS The apartment has two bedrooms, initially long and narrow that were re-configured to make both work. Each have their own en-suite. The second bedroom is a light material set room with floors becoming walls and the structural concrete support kept pure and evident. The main bedroom was conceived through a blend of analysis of living patterns and sequences (bathingclothing-sleeping-relaxing), as well as further tunnelling into the sanctum comfort zone of the bed. Taking the abstracted path from the entrance to the bed takes one to physical and mental rest.

The living space was designed to satisfy many more practical uses. A mostly concealed kitchen provides a pivot and vantage point providing the balance between a toned workstation and the curvaceous plush ‘Tufty’ by B&B. A Porro glazed table is attended by Arper leather chairs. To heighten the senses orange backsprayed crystal clear glazing, Foscarini O-Space and mosaic were used to spike yet unite the experience.

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Profile: Matthew James Mercieca Design Architects (MJMdA) Photo: MAS

MJMDA maintains the simple aim to assist others in experiencing the vibrancy of life as a cut above when buildings and interiors are designed, not left to chance. The firm does this by turning the traditional method of planning permission first; design later, totally on its head, and by uniting construction design and interior design together. The philosophy of the firm is to design a building or space up to its finished state consistently in order to really satisfy the aims and wishes of their clients. The dynamic design process blends brief, research, planning and various inputs to focus on the real priority of the building or space: the usable product. Apart from seeking to create the best possible usable architecture and interiors, the firm’s direct communicative approach with clients from all walks of life over the years has further evidenced points that it believes would better the quality of architecture locally across the board. The firm believes that individuals or organisations commissioning architecture and interiors should generally better consider whom and why they choose architects, investigating exactly what is on offer. Mercieca: “Choices that are stronger than reason, research or even development motivations are more like roulette do not upgrade the quality of architecture. Clients should feel empowered to fully research and compare like for like having all the core facts first. We are living in an unprecedented time of complexity as well as choices; the best road to take is communication, clarity and contractual agreement.” As a result, “architecture should not be

about a percentage fee or a blind leap in the dark, but about a beautiful technical art form”. The firm advises its clients in full knowledge of the risk of coming across as being demanding and despotic and would gladly welcome an advisory service as proposed by KTP (Kamra tal-Periti) to guide clients for the local profession that assists them in knowing what to expect when contracting architects that operate to a standard. “Since many clients are unprepared, there is the tendency to forget their important defining role and expect to carry out the architect’s job instead. In reality, the client’s function and preparation is key, the architects crucial and the contractors indispensable. Once that is clear, clients have less difficulty in understanding the passion and obsessive dedication a good architect has to his work.” MJMDA’s long-term goal is to create a dynamic, technologically based communicative forum required for efficient, sustainable and qualitative architecture. “I am happy to appreciate the promising work carried out by a few of my contemporaries. “Other good projects gives the team at MJMDA a sense of accomplishment that their own drive is in synchronicity with others, sharing a common purpose for quality architecture.” MJMDA has worked on the rehabilitation or renovation of many homes, designed and built new villas, bungalows, apartments, and apartment blocks, amongst others. Their projects have aided the improvement in the lives of many individuals

that experience attention to detail and forethought. Their clients often remark how limited spaces have been expanded beyond the physical limits of the walls the space inhabits. Continuous creativity and innovation of the team in the direction of technical performance and efficiency, use of materials, staircases, as well as the use of natural light and resources continue to leave memorable experiential journey with owners and guests alike. Commercially the firm is especially apt at working on office spaces with a sensitivity to lifestyle and flexibility, retail with magnetic qualities, food and beverage outlets to soothe the senses and commercial complexes. MJMDA focuses on the quality of their work, the project as an entity for the client’s benefit in the long term, the level of service, the responsiveness of the team, the technology employed, as well as the procedures and operation to deliver a watertight service. Their work has been recognised in architectural magazines and publications internationally, as well as in local media, publications and referenced in academic work. According to Mercieca, the robust dedication of the firm to their cause is priceless. He leads the team to work hard and be sustainable in what they do, to deserve what they get paid for and to lead by example, even by riding fuel and congestionefficient motorbikes. This way he maintains that they ensure the creation of optimal architecture for their clients long term. As a tightly knit team they are all too often reminded that this ‘glutton for punishment’ approach has slow results and that patience and continuous hard work is essential.

Above,æ fromæ backæ toæ front,æ leftæ toæ right:æ Haydenæ Sciberras,æ Dimitryæ Angelov,æ Edwardæ Coppini,æ Josephæ Vella,æ Matthewæ J.æ Mercieca,æ Etienneæ Fenech,æ Sandraæ Spiteri,æ Ianæ Critienæ andæ Janiceæ Fiorentino,æ

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WITH ITS HILLTOP LOCATION, UNOBSTRUCTED 180ยบ VIEWS TO DIE FOR AND NOT MUCH ELSE, THE BRIEF FOR THIS TERRACED HOUSE CONVERSION WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR TO ARCHITECTS MICHAEL PACE AND DAINE PRANAITYTE.

Residential: Mellieha Conversion Architecture: _spacestudio Photos: MAS

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The client’s brief was to convert the existing house to create a first-floor apartment and an overlying duplex for a father and son. The request was to keep it fresh avoiding sterility, exposing the stretched views of Mellieha Bay as much as possible. The plan of the available space presented little inspiration; a back façade, a front façade and third party walls on either side. For this reason the project was not designed on plan but by volume. Planning policies presented the design team with room for flexibility in terms of height, providing the opportunity to play with space and sightlines through the juxtaposing of volumes within the internal envelope. The result is a series of overlapping spaces, which come together to form the whole without compromising the individual experience of each.

staircase to the main room that comprises a living, cooking and dining area. White walls, resin floors, Corian kitchen surfaces and raw steel keep it fresh, while dimmable lighting, dark ceilings and neutral iroko avoid sterility. The first experience upon mounting the entrance staircase is the double height cooking/dining area, where a high level north-facing window adds light to the already bright space. Head towards the living area, where the ceiling drops and a glass façade opens up to everything north of Malta’s tail. A bathroom and bedroom complete the plan at this level. Like the main room, the bedroom is also double in height, complete with a timber mezzanine and highlevel window that draws the north views all the way into this rear section of the property.

Enter the second floor duplex and the manifestation of the brief becomes clear. The front entrance leads straight up a terrazzo

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Take the steel staircase and walk the clear glass bridge to the front lower roof deck or stop on the bridge and look around: north towards the terrace and Gozo, sideways through the master bedroom floor window, up towards the sky through three equally sized skylights, down through the steel columns towards the main volume, and finally â&#x20AC;&#x201C; directly beneath your feet through the glass floor to the underlying entrance. Head further up to the master bedroom and its en-suite, which hovers above the cooking area, supported on the same steel columns that support the staircase and bridge. Here cosiness is a priority, with underfloor heating, low ceilings, shears and timber floors all contributing towards the same objective. Watch sunset from the upper bedroom terrace or while taking a shower. Dim the lights, lie in bed and allow the beam from the Ghasri lighthouse lazily light up the room in gentle rhythm, as sleep slowly takes over.

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Profile: _spacestudio Photo: MAS

_SPACESTUDIO WAS SET UP IN FEBRUARY 2003 TO PROVIDE A COMPLETE RANGE OF ARCHITECTURAL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SERVICES.

Since 2003 the firm has taken on a variety of both local as well as international projects. These projects are diverse in size, context, as well as in their individual programmes that range from master plan proposals, individual residential design to the detailed design of interiors and fittings. The practice is driven towards design quality. Each project is approached with a nonpredetermined design solution, ensuring that the solutions adopted are site and project specific.

The team work closely together from concept design, through planning, construction and up to completion, thus ensuring through constant dialogue that concept, function and aesthetics are constantly addressed within the various stages of design. The current partners are Christopher Micallef, Michael Pace and Ivan Cachia. All three are members of the Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers.

ABOVE,æ FROMæ LEFTæ TOæ RIGHT:æ _spacestudioæ partnersæ Christopher Micallef,æ Ivanæ Cachiaæ &æ Michaelæ Pace.

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MonopolyMalta HOMEWORKS INVESTIGATES THE FORCES AT PLAY BEHIND THE FUTURE OF MALTESE DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE. Words: Zillah Bugeja Photos: MAS, Alan Carville

This is an interesting time for domestic architecture. Reform is under way at MEPA. The mega projects are casting their shadows. The population is dwindling in numbers yet increasing in age. The Piano City Gate project has rekindled architectural debate among the public while our EU membership has forced government’s hand to create the Energy Performance Certificates for new buildings. Heating and cooling costs are spiralling out of the homeowner’s reach and building land is at a premium. Yet it is a buyer’s market and the apartment block looks set to dictate the scene. Does this mean there will be no more expression to the face of the new Maltese home than an omnipresent rectangular sliding door and balcony? What are the design directions for domestic architecture in Malta in the next five years and to what extent is the design direction for domestic architecture being driven by market factors, the individual architect’s vision or by environmental/ people-friendly considerations? HOMEWORKS asked several architects to give their views. Architect Richard England “Form follows profit, is the esthetic principle of our times” - Richard Rogers “Back in the 1st century BC the Roman architect Vitruvius, referring to the complexity of the architectural profession (I personally prefer the term ‘vocation’) wrote “let the architect be educated, skillful with the pencil, instructed in geometry, know much history, have followed the philosophers with attention, understand music, have some knowledge of medicine, know the opinion of the jurists and be acquainted with astronomy and the theory of the heavens” …a tall order indeed. While it is not expected that architects today become cognizant of all these disciplines, the requirements which Vitruvius outlines, throw a heavy responsibility on pedagogues involved in architectural training. An architectural education of excellence is the initial requirement for individuals, to later on, produce an architecture of quality. “Local domestic architecture seems to fall into categories of apartments, maisonettes, terraced houses and individual isolated villas. Most are

the products of speculative ventures, where quality, both in terms of design and construction is sacrificed to profit. A few apartment developments, at the higher end of the price market, do offer better quality in terms of construction and finishes, if not always in design. Where great strides have been made is in the interior design field, with many excellent examples of sophisticated and imaginative interiors. “However, architecture is also a social art, and the impact of the construction industry is not only on the user, but perhaps more so, on the observer. I purposely use the term ‘construction industry’ rather than architecture, since architecture to me has always implied beauty, harmony and a sense of emotion; qualities all conspicuously absent from the local building scenario of the last decade. “In ancient times architecture was a path to enlightenment. Regretfully today, it has been relegated to a mere route to speculation. Architects need to again discover the mystical and the magical of this art and to no longer despoil the remaining beauty spots of this once land of beauty. The Sliema coastline, the Xemxija side of St. Paul’s Bay, Zebbug village from the Siggiewi side and numerous other incongruous over-scaled developments provide ample evidence of this desecration. “Architects working today also need to seriously consider the design of their buildings in relation to a world suffering from serious ecological maladies. The architect of the future must assume the role of producing sustainable energy-saving environments to act as antidotes to man’s irresponsible emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, while also addressing the problem of how to curb waste from existing energy-wasting edifices. The mention of existing buildings brings to mind the exorbitant number of vacant premises, both old and new, at present available on the island. Perhaps the upgrading and the rehabilitation of the older of these would be a step in the right direction, if only to curb the consumption of our fast diminishing virgin land.

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Architect Chris Briffa “New Maltese homes, in the past five years, have experienced finer quality in building services and finishes. New products together with their installers have strived to keep up with designers’ and clients’ high expectations, and are starting to reach a good standard. In the next five years, homeowners’ expectations will increase further, and the demand for quality will reach unprecedented heights. We are realizing that well-being in your home is somehow attributed with what we choose to surround ourselves with, or what we choose to avoid. We want more space, and less clutter. We need thermal comfort, but at low energy consumption. We desire both indoor and outdoor living – often both at the same time – and userfriendly technology. “As space becomes more limited for the most of us, we have no choice other than to master compact, efficient living; where all the exterior and interior details are very well planned in advance. Welldesigned homes with highly functional and aesthetic characteristics are most likely to outlive inferior ones, both in terms of marketability and livability. Unfortunately the recent over-supply of the latter will probably lead to more vacant properties: a natural survival of the finest. “In my experience, people are learning to trust architects and designers with design decisions much more than they used to in the past. Just like one would trust his doctor with his health plan and medicines, we have realized that an architect’s job is not only to prepare a set of plans for the builder but also to fully detail the fusion of the building’s vast number of components. In this sense, the individual architect will probably have more say on the design of our homes, for the simple reason that their will be home-seekers who will seek a contemporary design while avoiding DIY solutions.

“The onus of the present plight rests firmly on the shoulders of the speculators and their demands and also on the architects involved, but much more so on MEPA; the institution which ultimately provides the final stamp of approval. While MEPA, despite recent reforms, still seems unable to control damaging our ambience and environment, the architectural scene, on the other hand, provides promise for the future in terms of a number of excellent conscientious young architects. Their completed buildings reveal not only excellence in design but also commitment to quality in the execution. It is an architecture on this level which offers hope that this art may once again become ‘a business to weave dreams’.”

“Finally, environmentally-friendly solutions will go beyond buying your solar water heater and insulating your house. The new generation of architects will hopefully cultivate an understanding of the rudimental building techniques employed by our ancestors and employ them with contemporary technology and knowledge. Building cheaply will not be an option any longer, as the end buyer who seeks professional advice will easily be able to calculate the building’s energy needs and its relative costs. Never more then before has the Maltese saying ‘L-irhis, ghali’ (the cheapest is the most expensive) been more apt than to our times.”

“NEW MALTESE HOMES, IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, HAVE EXPERIENCED FINER QUALITY IN BUILDING SERVICES AND FINISHES.” “The second, especially for individual houses, is a rediscovered joy and appreciation of design and aesthetics. This is due to an increased availability of materials, and more architects willing to experiment with new materials or using existing materials not previously used in our construction methods. “In the last few years we have seen an improvement in building finishes, which has now increased the basic standard of new construction. Now, however, more and more people are beginning to appreciate the extra thought given at the design stage, for the creation of interesting and inspiring architectural spaces for living in. “The availability of workers and tradesmen due to a slowdown in the construction industry has also made a bit of experimentation possible. An overabundance of basic residential building stock has led to a situation where dwellings are left unsold. This is leading to fewer development projects, but with increased quality. The ever-increasing cost of energy and environmental awareness will keep on being the driving factors to convincing people to invest in better quality of architecture, not just finishes.”

Architect Daniel Scerri “I am seeing two main issues taking predominance in domestic architecture. The first is energy conservation, which keeps gaining importance in the present economic situation and the rising costs of energy use. This in turn affects the aesthetics of buildings too. Designs that incorporate passive energy conservation features are now much more easily accepted by clients, if not requested by them in the first place. This leads to a wider use of materials eg. louvres, trellises, etc. and extra construction features, such as projecting slabs and proportion of windows.

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From Cool to Cosy The change that accessories and colour can bring to a room is truly amazing. Interior designers penny apap brown and annabel caruana embark upon a bare living room, furnish it and highlight through their choice of colours and accessories, how a room can go from bright and cool to moody and cosy – without breaking the bank.

Styling & Interior Design: Penny Apap Brown & Annabel Caruana, Duo Designers Photos: MAS Location: Courtesy of Alison Gauci & Neil Azzopardi

Whiteæ leatheræ sofaæ (startingæ atæ ó1930) ,æ glassæ shelvingæ vitrineæ (ó730) ,æ bronzeæ ceramicæ accessoriesæ insideæ glassæ shelvingæ unitæ (startingæ fromæ ó 70),æ black-lacqueredæ glassæ coffeeæ tableæ (ó 675),æ trayæ onæ coffeeæ tableæ (ó35) ,æ TVæ cabinetæ (ó675) ,æ andæ Wengeæ armchairæ withæ stainlessæ steelæ legsæ andæ fabricæ upholsteryæ (ó 345)æ byæ Carmeloæ Deliaæ (1890).æ Blackæ cowæ skinæ &æ chromeæ benchæ (ó 748),æ andæ stripedæ fabricæ (ó 100æ peræ metre)æ onæ wallæ panelæ byæ Orienta.æ Baskets,æ yellowæ blanketæ throws,æ chromeæ teaæ candlesæ holder,æ andæ wineæ glassesæ (allæ pricesæ uponæ request)æ byæ BoConcept.æ Blackæ birdcageæ (ó 55),æ syntheticæ liliesæ (ó 4.90),æ yellowæ glassæ lampæ baseæ &æ yellowæ shadeæ (ó13 9),æ andæ conicalæ blackæ lampæ &æ shadeæ (ó 129)æ byæ Stemæ Interiors.æ Blackæ lacqueredæ sideæ tableæ (ó 225),æ smallæ blackæ lacqueredæ sideæ tableæ (ó 160),æ silveræ flooræ lampæ (ó 550)æ &æ shade,æ andæ blackæ &æ chromeæ vasesæ (startingæ fromæ ó38) æ byæ HomeTrends.æ Bohemeæ yellowæ stool/tableæ (ó 112)æ andæ yellowæ ï TakeÍ æ lampæ onæ sideæ tableæ (ó 67.51)æ byæ Studioæ Moda.æ Chrome-framedæ brownæ leatheræ shelfæ unitæ (h:175cmæ /æ w:121cm)æ (ó695) æ byæ Oneæ Twoæ Oneæ Interiors.æ Whiteæ rugsæ •æ 100%æ mercerizedæ cottonæ pileæ (l:æ 230æ xæ w:æ 160)æ (ó 795)æ byæ Theæ Rugæ Gallery.æ Swarovskiæ framedæ LCDæ Loeweæ televisionæ (ó 5,000æ foræ 37-inch),æ byæ Duoæ Designers.æ Brushedæ steelæ curtainæ rodæ (19æ &æ 30mmæ thickness)æ (ó25. 50)æ byæ B4æ Textiles.æ Verticalæ blindsæ withæ blackoutæ PVCæ materialæ (windowæ blinds:æ ó 70,æ dooræ blinds:æ ó 120)æ byæ B&Dæ Blinds.æ Curtainsæ andæ armchairæ coveræ byæ Maryæ &æ Adrianæ foræ Duoæ Designers.æ Paintingæ byæ Georgeæ Apap.

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Change of fabric colour. A pattern was added to tie in to other aspects, such as the wall panel behind the sofa and the cushion on the armchair.

Change of lamp colour to tie in with the other accent colours. Alcohol burning fire - ideal for spaces that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a fireplace.

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Accent can be added through accessories, such as vases, cushions, flowers and lamp shades. Fabric-covered canvas/wall panel - a great way of changing the feel of a room fast.

Surprisingly, two seperate rugs can work well together.

Thick cosy rug in a rich myriad of warm colours.

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Penny and Annabel chose mimosa and teak as the accent colours for the cool room look, which both contrast strikingly well with the neutrals of black and white.

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Making Kitchens Magnificent

Dali

Not only are Aran Cucine kitchens the most purchased Italian kitchens worldwide, but the company is also Italy’s number one export kitchen manufacturer. Aran Cucine has been in operation for over 30 years and exports to 120 countries. Originally an American multinational company, the Italians took over 5 years ago, changing the direction of the company to focus more on what the Italians are best at – design and innovation. HOMEWORKS talks to Aran Cucine’s Design & Marketing Consultant, Luigi Cicconi

What makes Aran Cucine so unique? First and foremost, Aran Cucine is a trendsetter. Our priority is innovation and design. We offer the widest range of kitchen styles, from high to low end, which offers the consumer flexibility. We also offer model kitchens and variations on these to cater to any style. Eighty percent of our designs are accepted internationally, which undoubtedly makes us the leaders in design. The company focuses on the technology and internal structure of kitchens as well. However, the look of our kitchens is really what makes us stand out. This is the difference between Italian and German kitchens – Italians make their kitchens look beautiful. Aran Cucine has an interesting structure. How does the company work? The company employs approximately 350 employees. All the kitchens are manufactured in a factory, which is over 50,000 square metres and which is spread over seven big production facilities in Italy. Each production department is specialised in a different area, is automised and highly efficient with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. There is

the administration department; the assembled kitchens management and production department; the Newform knock-down kitchens production department; the worktops, panels and special elements production department; the doors and other wood furnishing accessories production department for kitchen cabinets; the doors warehouse and office furniture production department for “Newform Uffici” brand and the semi-finished products department for kitchen and office furniture. The price range of Aran Cucine kitchens varies. How does the company manage to include quality materials within a realistic price range? We manufacture 100 kitchens a day. The quantity that we produce allows for this to be possible. Which materials make a difference in the price of a kitchen? The surface, or worktop makes a large difference. This is due to the fact that quality surface finishes, such as lacquer, take a long time to manufacture properly.

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Theæ curvedæ kitchen:æ AranÍ sæ emblematicæ kitchenæ style.

What are the kitchen trends in Italy at the moment? White has made a big comeback. Cream and neutral colours are and will continue to be popular. White and black is still very much in demand. The future is a contrast of light and dark. The light colours are appearing in the surfaces, the dark through the natural textures, such as wood. Dark grey walnut is a big wood for next year.

Theæ latestæ inæ kitchenæ trends:æ contrast.æ ïV olareÍ.

Open-plan kitchens continue to combine the kitchen with the living room, as the kitchen has definitely become the socialising area of the modern home. The curved kitchen is a response to this trend. This is Aran Cucine’s emblematic kitchen style.

In terms of colour, what is dated now? Bright colours, such as red, orange and blue are slightly dated in Italy. Of course, different countries have different trends. How do you go about marketing such a large company as Aran Cucine? We are innovative and flexible. For instance, look at the kitchen in the last Italian “Big Brother” programme – it is none other than Aran Cucine. We got enormous response from this. The owner’s daughter, Erica Rastelli has taken over and has some great ideas. She really reinforces Aran Cucine as a global brand.

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Designing Stories

In Malta, we know Laurent Muller as an artist, particularly for his paintings under glass. His real background is in fact industrial design. He graduated in 1998 from the French National School of design in Paris, ENSCI – Les Ateliers. He’s now bringing the skills he developed in his painting for the past 6 years to interior and furniture design.

“….I design desires. It is all about sensuality, personality, the senses and uniqueness. Style is not enough.”

MullerÍ sæ wallæ artworkæ atæ Pegasus,æ Leæ Meridienæ Hotel,æ Floriana.

Can you describe your area of design for us? The first five years of my career as an industrial designer took place in Paris and New York where I worked respectively for V.I.A. (Valuation of Innovation in Furnishing) and Olive 1:1. Following this I took residence in Malta and spent the last five years painting and developing my skills in colour and composition. Today, I feel ready to link all my different experiences through space and volume. Furthermore, I am by nature a storyteller and as a result, in my work I like to design exclusive stories; I design desires. It is all about sensuality, personality, the senses and uniqueness. Style is not enough. The content of the story is all. Every wall should have not only a function, but also a meaning, even a poetic one. My goal is that the knowledge of the past can emerge in very different ways. From form follows function to deconstructivism or neobaroque, the common link is the sensation it creates. How is this translated into your work? Malta was the perfect place to experiment linking art, history and design. I had three main opportunities to link painting and architecture: Ideacasa, for which I designed and completed a full nine-metre high atrium composition that also serves as a display of the showroom’s wares. Then there was the Pegasus bar of the Phoenicia Hotel

for which I created a large painting on black board that displays the menu and has since completion influenced the branding of the place, and finally… Caffé Cordina with an imposing three-metre high painting on glass that brings a touch of the past and also operates as a partition. Each of these examples was born from a conceptualisation of the space, specific to a need that was different in each case. For each of my projects I work either with architects or interior architects, which allows me, through the teamwork, to constantly challenge my ideas and concepts. Always look further is a motto to share and that helps me materialize what I have in mind. Today I am creating exclusive interventions that lie on the overlap between interior design and artistic installations. In this way, a chandelier can be much more than what it seems and can crystallise the energy of a Sala Nobile. A bathroom doesn’t only need to be a water room but instead can become a moment of peace in a walled garden, etc. In my opinion ‘overly–designed’ spaces are a dead recipe, sophistication without a soul, without a story, is no longer acceptable. An expertise of personalisation and coherence is what I want to transmit. What do you feel is missing today in the world of interiors?

same way that we all have the right to evolve, as well as to change job to fulfil the needs of our personality, interiors are alive and need to change too. Therefore a house needs to embrace its own personal evolution and all the stories that make it special. Understanding the dream of my client, even if this entails taking risks to express difference, is my first motivation in design. I love to work with personalities that share this vision. What are your requirements in your work? In the great tradition of the decorative arts, I would say the notion of ‘haute facture’ (notion of very high standards in terms of know-how and quality), the exploitation of the finest craftsmanship, is fundamental. The exercise of proportion, the use of texture and the presence of the chosen material are all dependent on the precision of details. An experienced mind could, wittily, risk marrying mosaic work with Corian® and silk in order to answer a particular need and to provoke an even more unexpected moment of pleasure. Once risk and novelty become friends, a story will start to emerge that is original and engaging, transforming the flavour of the project from commercial to exclusive. And don’t we all want to be unique?

We are so lucky to be able to enjoy the knowledge we have about styles and their evolution. In the

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ANTICIPATING

AUTUMN Words: Herman Scifo, Calamatta Landscapes Ltd.

AS THE SEASON SLOWLY CHANGES OUR GARDENS WILL START TO CHANGE TOO, AS WELL AS THE WORK WHICH NEEDS TO BE DONE. THE WEATHER IS STILL PLEASANT, WHICH MAKES IT A GOOD TIME TO ACCOMPLISH MANY LITTLE BUT IMPORTANT JOBS TO PREPARE THE GARDEN FOR THE WINTER AHEAD. HERMAN SCIFO, MAINTENANCE MANAGER AT CALAMATTA LANDSCAPES LTD. GIVES HOMEWORKS AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE SEEN TO DURING THE AUTUMN MONTHS.

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“IT’S TIME TO REPLACE THE SUMMER ANNUALS WITH THOSE THAT WILL GIVE COLOUR THROUGH THE WINTER AND IT’S ALSO TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT SPRING BULBS.”

“Checks should be made of various elements in our garden. Look over paths and steps, lighting and gravel, which may have become thinner. We can clean the garden of weeds, re-pot any container plants, as needed and lightly cultivate soil so that rain water can easily enter the soil. Digging, hoeing and transplanting should be restricted to days when the soil is not wet in order to preserve its structure. Rain can also loosen the anchorage of tree roots and stakes so it’s very important to carry out re-staking and tying. Some trees and shrubs will also need pruning and thinning to allow heavy winds to go through them. “Plants will need to be watered but no doubt less than in previous months, so irrigation patterns need to be adjusted according to the weather. “It’s time to replace the summer annuals with those that will give colour through the winter and it’s also time to start thinking about spring bulbs. Planting should be completed by the end of November, except for gladioli, which can be planted even later.

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“DAMAGED CITRUS FRUITS THAT HAVE FALLEN UNDER THE TREE SHOULD BE PICKED UP AND DESTROYED TO REMOVE FURTHER DANGER OF FRUIT FLY.”

“Several small sowings of all vegetables can be carried out and many herbs can also be sown at this time of the year. Fruit trees can be given well-rotted farmyard manure and we can also prepare holes for new trees to be planted later in winter. This will help the soil to weather and the manure to break down nicely. Use a well-balanced fertiliser on a regular basis from now on. Deciduous (stone) fruit trees can be transplanted from November until the end of January. Winter pruning, which for Malta is mostly a corrective type of pruning, can be done now and all dead branches removed. Damaged citrus fruits that have fallen under the tree should be picked up and destroyed to remove further danger of fruit fly. “Quite a good number of garden chores should be done if we want to make sure that after the winter we will be heralded by a triumphantly colourful spring.”

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Exquisitely Effortless In collaboration with Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker, ta’ Cassia of Salina brings you three easy-to-do scrumptious recipes. Salmon Roulade with Mustard-Dill Sauce Ingredients: 250g 500g 7g ½ 300g 15g

cooked prawns soft cheese fresh mint lemon (juice and zest) smoked salmon nori sheets

Mustard-Dill Sauce: 3/4 cup spicy brown mustard 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1tbs dry mustard 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup drained capers 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill ground black fresh pepper Method for sauce: Mix first four ingredients in a bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Mix in the capers, chopped dill and a generous amount of fresh pepper. Makes about 30 servings and can be chilled for up to a week. Method for roulade place lace the first four ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture is soft. Spread over a sheet of cling film (30 x 30 cm). put ut the salmon slices overlapping slightly, leaving a margin of about 5cm on each side. Top with half of the nori sheets. Spread the prawn mixture evenly onto the nori sheets, then place the other half of the nori sheets. Roll it up “Swiss roll” style by holding both ends, rolling it to create the form of a log. Refrigerate overnight. Decorate four plates with some lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. place three pieces of the roulade and place a tablespoon of the mustard-dill sauce on top. Serve. PHOTOS: ALAN CARVILLE

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: 2008 PJAZZA REGInA I.G.T. MALTESE ISLAnDS WHITE – CHARDOnnAY vIOGnIER vERMEnTInO. normally with a smoked salmon dish I would opt for a lightly oaked dry white wine but in this instance we have a soft cheese in the roulade and a sweet dill and mustard sauce whose flavours would both clash with the oak in the wine. I therefore require a white wine that has good weight, medium acidity and lots of fruit such as the Pjazza Regina white. It has a rich enough flavour to cope with ingredients like capers, black pepper, dill and mustard but is also soft enough to marry well with the soft cream cheese.


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Artichokes au Gratin Ingredients (Serves 4) 8 4 300ml 4tbs 4tsp 1tbs 8 2tbs

canned artichoke hearts (drained) thinly sliced parma ham fresh cream grumbled dolce latte cheese toasted pine nuts grated parmesan cheese slices toasted bread butter

Method: Half the artichoke hearts. cut the parma ham slices in 1cm pieces crosswise. Heat the artichoke hearts in a pan with the melted butter, add the parma ham, fresh cream and the cheese, increase heat until sauce thickens. place the ingredients in a shallow dish, add the pine nuts and grill in a broiler until gratin is slightly brown. Serve four artichoke halves with the sauce on each plate along with the crusty bread. BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT: 2008 GRAnD vIn DE HAUTEvILLE vIOGnIER D.O.K. MALTA. A fairly rich dish that is going to need a full flavoured wine and because of the fresh cream and the fact that the artichoke hearts are sautĂŠed in butter I am going to choose a dry white. Other strong flavours include Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts and Parma ham, all of which will require a wine with substantial character to compete. The Grand vin de Hauteville viognier certainly has enough weight to do this and it is also soft enough to complement the hot melted creamy cheese flavours that dominate this delightful dish.


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Fillet taâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cassia Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 1 2 2tbs 4 4 4 2tbs 50g 8

large red capsicum large eggplant, sliced medium zucchini, thinly sliced olive oil beef fillet steaks (275g each) 2cm x 6cm round Maltese bread with crust garlic heads extra virgin olive oil rocket leaves black olives

Ingredients for Dressing: 1/3cup 2tbs

olive oil balsamic vinegar

Method for Dressing: combine the olive oil and vinegar in a jar and shake well. Method: Quarter the capsicum, remove seeds and membranes. Roast under the grill or in a very hot oven, skin side up, until the skin blisters and blackens. cover the capsicum pieces in plastic or paper for 5 minutes, peel away the skin, slice into thin strips; cover to keep warm. Brush the eggplant and zucchini with oil; cook, in batches, in heated oiled griddle pan (or grill or barbecue) until browned and tender; cover to keep warm. pound each steak with a meat mallet until they are an even thickness. cook the steaks as desired on a charcoal-grill or heated oiled griddle pan until browned on both sides. Meanwhile, brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil and rub in the cut garlic; roast in oven until brown and crispy.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT:2008 MEDInA SAnGIOvESE I.G.T. MALTESE ISLAnDS. This dish simply deserves a full bodied red that has bags of fruit and character and soft tannins. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a charcoal grilled prime beef fillet with rich juicy meat flavours together with milder vegetable flavours, such as capsicum, eggplant and zucchini with an Italian influence from elements like olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and black olives. The Sangiovese grape, as long as it is full bodied enough, will go well with this dish, especially a Malta grown one like the Medina, as it has this wonderful spicy almost peppery quality too it that makes it perfect with almost all charcoal grilled red meat dishes.


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HOMEWORKS 39  
HOMEWORKS 39  

This issue of HOMEWORKS focuses and profiles four contemporary architectural firms who are shaping the present and future generations. The f...