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Villa La Fiorentina , Source: Camilleri Paris Mode / Facebook

Malta honours best architectural and design projects

Malta honours best architectural and design projects

The 2020 MASP awards ceremony was held virtually

The Covid-19 pandemic did not deter Maltese architects and designers from working on quality projects throughout 2020. Some of these endeavours received due recognition at the 2020 Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning Awards (MASP) ceremony, which was held virtually for the first time, reported TVM.

Record number of entries

Organized by the Planning Authority under the patronage of the President of Malta, the annual awards give acknowledgement to authors of quality projects that help raise awareness of the value of architecture and foster a culture of excellence. For the latest edition of the awards, the Planning Authority received record 70 submissions in ten categories, with a university student earning a place among the winners.

The Rehabilitation and Conservation Award wеnt to Camilleri Paris Mode design and projects studio, which brought Villa La Fiorentina – an impressive centennial house abandoned for the last 30 years – back to life.

Architect Chris Briffa won the award for best Urban Design through his work at Casa Bottega in Valletta. The iconic Tipico building in St Julian's, designed by DeMicoli & Associates, was singled out in the category of Commercial and Public Buildings.

The square in Sliema, designed by Martin Xuereb & Associates won the honour in the category of Public Open Spaces, while architecture student Daniela Spiteri Binett won for best Urban Planning Concept with her Pebble Sea project.

MED Design won the Sustainability Award for the work done at the Gozo Innovation Hub in Xewkija.  In the Hospitality, Tourism Accommodation and Leisure category, the winning project is 'King George and Berta' in the heart of Għargħur, accomplished by 3DM Architecture.

Atmosphere Design was the recipient of the Interior Architecture Award for Residential Projects for their work at a villa in Kappara, while Studjurban prevailed in a similar category for commercial or public buildings through their ‘Community and nature childcare centre’.

Agents of change

Maurizio Ascione won the Emerging Architect Award for most promising architect. The President’s Award went to the late Architect Joseph M. Spiteri for his contribution to architecture, especially in the building of the primary school of St. Julian's, social housing projects and the John F. Kennedy monument.

In a message to award nominees and winners, President George Vella said he believes architects and spatial planners are agents of change, whose duty it is to preserve what we have while ensuring that our future generations can look back and thank us for the right and timely decisions.

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