Architects Design Dazzling Mirrored Building as Extension of Natural Rock Formation

By Sara Barnes on January 3, 2019

A new architectural design concept by Elena Britanishskaya and Svetozar Andreev proposes a futuristic building in the place of where a natural phenomenon once stood. The project, titled The Heart of Malta, transforms the archipelago’s collapsed Azure Window into a polygonal form that would have the same size and proportions as its predecessor.


자연암의 형성을 확장한 건축물 설계

  엘레나 브리태니쉬스카야와 스베토자르 안드레프의 새로운 건축 디자인 컨셉은 한 때 자연 현상이 있었던 곳에 미래지향적인 건축을 제안한다. 몰타의 심장이라는 제목의 이 프로젝트는 군도의 붕괴된 아즈레 창문을 이전 것과 같은 크기와 비율을 가진 다각형 형태로 바꾼다.

드웨이라 창으로도 알려진 아즈레 창문은 몰타의 고조에 있는 92피트 높이의 석회암 아치형의 상징이었다. 그것은 수평 슬라브를 통해 절벽과 연결된 바다 밖으로 돌출된 바위 기둥을 특징으로 했다. 아수레 창문은 19세기 동안 바다 동굴이 붕괴되고 그 이후부터 아치까지 침식이 계속되었다. 2017년 3월 8일 부득이 함락될 무렵 이미 상당 부분이 부서져 물에 빠졌다

황기철 콘페이퍼 에디터 큐레이터

Ki Cheol Hwang, conpaper editor, curator

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The Azure Window, also known as the Dweira Window, was an iconic 92-foot-tall limestone arch on Malta’s island of Gozo. It featured a rock pillar jutting out of the sea that was connected to the cliff via a horizontal slab. The Azure Window was formed because a sea cave crumbled during the 19th century, and the erosion continued to the arch from then on. By the time it inevitably fell on March 8, 2017, large sections had already broken and fallen into the water.

Britanishskaya and Andreev are paying homage to the Azure Window with The Heart of Malta. They intend for the exterior to have angled mirrored steel faces which will reflect the surrounding landscape and blend in with it. Inside, the nearly 54,000-square-foot space will feature exhibitions laid out among five spiral floors. Each level will represent a thousand years of Maltese history, making this building not only a stunning architectural achievement but a valuable location for understanding and appreciating its culture.

Architects Elena Britanishskaya and Svetozar Andreev have proposed an architectural design concept that pays homage to Malta’s iconic Azure Window.

Contemporary Architecture ConceptArchitectural Design Concept for Malta's Iconic Azure Window

The mirrored steel-faced building will hold five levels, with each section representing a century of Maltese history.

Contemporary ArchitectureArchitectural Design Concept for Malta's Iconic Azure Window

Learn more about their concept in the video below:

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h/t: [designboom]

All images via Svetozar Andreev.


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