Location: Sliema, Malta
Status: Complete 2016
Project Team: Steven Risiott, Patricia Grech
Photography: Alex Attard
Suspended above a chaotic seaside node, this 8th floor apartment strives to create a haven of tranquillity which breaks away from the hustle and bustle of the busy street below.
The apartment forms part of a larger residential block, rendering it impossible to intervene with the façade and its respective openings. A Collective were commissioned exclusively for the conversion of the apartment’s out-dated interiors.
The conceptual development of the proposal is centred around the notion of creating a continuous visual and audial connection with the sea.
The apartment unfolds as the permeability of the space increases. The wall framing the front door is diminished to slats, providing a teaser taster of the uninterrupted sea views. Behind these slats on a raised timber platform, is the summer living room, so positioned to allow for a view of the horizon when seated. The timber slats were designed to reflect the flanges of the steel column which frames the entrance hallway. Aligned with this steel column, pivoted between the entrance, living room and kitchen is a 10-seater dining table culminating in an elegant marble-clad fireplace.
Built on a site laden with awkward angles and acute corners, order and uniformity was achieved through a number of bespoke joinery elements which exploit the space whilst providing a seamless flow.
Concealed behind a pivot door at the end of the corridor, the room furthest away from the sea was transformed into a cosy, winter TV room, library and study. The bespoke cladding and storage elements within this space incorporate concealed entrances to annex service areas.