The heart of Malta: How to resurrect a beauty of Nature?

NY, January 10, 2019.- Nature is impossible to imitate by human beings. We can only honor it. Create and build reflections. The Architect Svetozar Andreev, in collaboration with Elena Britanishskaya, has resurrected a beauty of Nature. It is best to read and observe the whole story with your own words, photographs and video:

It-Tieqa Żerqa, more popularly known as the Azure Window, was an icon of the Maltese islands. Following a storm in March of 2017, the arch collapsed into the sea, and there was no way to restore it. However, we have a plan to give this symbol a new life. “The Heart of Malta” is a polygonal architectural form with mirrored steel faces, which will blend into the landscape, and have the same size and proportions as the original limestone arch.Within this form we have designed over 5,000 square meters of exhibition space laid out over five spiral floors, with a dynamic laser show in which each spiral step represents one thousand years of Maltese history. 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.

-What inspired you to design this project?. Had you known about or visited the Azure Window before it collapsed or did you find out about it afterwards? 

I have been to Malta and Gozo many times since my first visit in 2008,
and have naturally seen and photographed the Azure Window in various states before its collapse. The form and outline which we have put together for the project, with its refined and elegant “bridge”, and split inner arch section, reflects the final state of the Window before it fell into the sea. The idea for the project came to us approximately six months after the Azure Window’s collapse.The sight of the empty Dwejra Bay inspired us to create a monument that would do more than simply copy the natural relief of the Azure Window, but would rather serve as a memorial to it, and at the same time become a significant architectural feature with immaculate compositional integrity. The resultant form may be ultra-modern, but it is nonetheless wholly dedicated to historical memory – Svetozar Andreev.

-Have you spoken to the Maltese authorities about your proposal yet? If so, what was their reaction to it? -What was reaction of residents of the Republic of Malta?

We sent information to the Maltese authorities at the same time that we contacted the mass media and the leading architectural and design publications with whom we already work. It was fascinating for us to receive such active feedback on the project from the Maltese people According to an online poll being conducted by Malta Today, 68% responded in favor the Heart Of Malta Project For us, the fact that response is a true sign of the project’s value. – Svetozar Andreev 

-Are the materials involved in the design sustainable? Are they certified to not harm the surrounding landscape and marine life? 

I love Malta very much, and I understand that nature is one of the archipelago’s most important treasures. For this reason, we have designed a construction that will evenly distribute its mass along the cliffside. We have also incorporated a seamless, integral structure for the main body of the project, drawing on techniques used in shipbuilding. This will enable us to instal the ready-built structure on a stable platform beneath the cliff. To achieve the metallic effect on the surface of the structure, we propose to utilise the latest ecological materials used in shipbuilding and architecture. This will protect the surface from corrosion, fire, distortion, and will also prevent any negative environmental impact. – Svetozar Andreev 

— What is the story of the blue window? 

-Are the materials involved in the design sustainable? Are they certified to not harm the surrounding landscape and marine life? 

I love Malta very much, and I understand that nature is one of the archipelago’s most important treasures.For this reason, we have designed a construction that will evenly distribute its mass along the cliffside. We have also incorporated a seamless, integral structure for the main body of the project, drawing on techniques used in shipbuilding. This will enable us to instal the ready-built structure on a stable platform beneath the cliff. To achieve the metallic effect on the surface of the structure, we propose to utilise the latest ecological materials used in shipbuilding and architecture. This will protect the surface from corrosion, fire, distortion, and will also prevent any negative environmental impact. – Svetozar Andreev