Could Malta's Azure Window be Rebuilt as a Museum?
A Russian architect has submitted plans to rebuild Malta's Azure window, after the iconic landmark collapsed during a storm in March 2017.
The Azure window, (it-Tieqa Żerqa in Maltese), located in Dwejra on Malta's sister island of Gozo, was a popular tourist sightseeing spot. The landmark archway found international fame after serving as the backdrop for the Dothraki wedding scene in the HBO television series Game of Thrones. It had previously featured in movies such as The Count of Monte Christo and Clash of the Titans.
Located adjacent to one of Malta and Gozo's most famous dive sites, the Blue Hole, the Azure Window's collapse was mourned by the local population. Joseph Muscat, prime minister of Malta referred to its loss as 'heartbreaking.' Scuba divers, on the other hand, called it Gozo's 'new and improved' dive site.
Svetozar Andreev, CEO, Architect and Interior Designer for Hotei-Russia issued a press release stating his plan to 'give this symbol a new life.' The objective is to create a new tourist centre in order to attract people back to the site.
'The project objective is to create a centre of attraction in Dwejra,' said Mr Andreevo, 'a new asset to draw tourists, this time to a new architectural and cultural landmark. We are confident that this project represents an outstanding investment for the future of Malta and Gozo'
Created in collaboration with interior designer Elena Britanishskaya, the replacement archway is constructed as a 'polygonal architectural form with mirrored steel faces.' The design has the same size and proportions as the original natural formation but contains over 5,000 sqm of exhibition space across five spiral floors which will, thanks to a 'dynamic laser show', cause each spiral step to represent 1,000 years of Maltese history.
The plans have been submitted to the Maltese government and appear to have been well received by the Maltese population. According to a survey from Malta Today posted on the Hotei Russia Website, the proposed structure received a 68 per cent approval rating, however many of the comments under the original article in Malta Today do not appear to agree.