3 Museums Talk – University of Malta

Openworkstudio and Nidum director, Joanna Spiteri Staines, recently participated in a presentation to the second-year master’s students in Architectural Design at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Malta.

The session focused on three of Malta’s major ongoing cultural projects, each involving the integration of new contemporary structures within protected heritage sites and monuments, and the restoration of the historic fabric.

Three architects presented. Joanna Spiteri Staines showed Nidum’s challenging Gozo Museum, currently on-site in central Victoria. Konrad Buhagiar (AP Valletta) presented the very sensitive new extension to the St. John’s Co-Cathedral Museum in the heart of Valletta while Gregorio Giubilaro from the Restoration Directorate, representing the directorate and the project architects Ipostudio Architetti presented the exciting new Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) sitting on the wondrous bastions of Floriana.

These three legacy projects are currently on site and will prove to be major contributors to the local culture and art scenes, and foremost attractions for locals and visitors in the years to come.

Our thanks to the three studios for their participation, and to the St. John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation, MICAS, the Ministry for Gozo, and Heritage Malta for their energy, determination, and drive in implementing the projects.

Image credit:
1. The Gozo Museum – NIDUM
2. MICAS – Ipostudio Architetti
St. John’s Co-Cathedral Museum – AP Valletta