VAM 2012

For a number of years, Valletta’s old covered market was neglected by both tenants and its landlord to a point that it was not only an embarrassing sight, but also one with serious health & infestation issues. So we set off on a crusade to raise public awareness, and through research we prepared a brief for the design of a public art space in view of the Valletta’s upcoming European Capital of Culture title in 2018.

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The narrow alleys surrounding the basement were also widened, allowing natural light and ventilation to the neglected spaces and creating a sheltered shopping street which would retain the market’s original function – housing food stalls & takeaways.

 

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This proposal centred upon the rehabilitation of the main market hall into the VAM’s main gallery space, and the erection of an emblematic upper gallery; which in turn shelters the piazza beneath.

A line demarcating the original perimeter of the market before it was partly destroyed in a WWII air-raid, was defined by a wide staircase leading to the lower floors  – essentially creating a ground floor from the basement.

 

VALLETTA ART MUSEUM INFO

The proposal was packaged in a mixed-media architectural exhibition in spring 2012, which caused quite a stir in the local media and prompted both government and opposition to put the covered market high on their electoral agendas for the next legislature.

While none of the architectural proposals were adopted, in 2015, the market was leased to a new tenant and is on its way to becoming the new food mecca in town. The contract stipulates that the C19th structure be thoroughly restored and a considerable amount of space within the market hall be dedicated to cultural events and the upcoming Valletta2018 artistic program.

EXHIBITION supported by the MALTA ARTS FUND, Lily Agius Gallery, , Camilleri Wines, Chemimart, G Molton, The Malta Independent, The Smart Skin Clinic, SAW, Light Design Solutions, Doneo, Nexos.

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For a number of years, Valletta’s old covered market was neglected by both tenants and its landlord to a point that it was not only an embarrassing sight, but also one with serious health & infestation issues. So we set off on a crusade to raise public awareness, and through research we prepared a brief for the design of a public art space in view of the Valletta’s upcoming European Capital of Culture title in 2018.

VALLETTA ART MUSEUM INFO

This proposal centred upon the rehabilitation of the main market hall into the VAM’s main gallery space, and the erection of an emblematic upper gallery; which in turn shelters the piazza beneath.

A line demarcating the original perimeter of the market before it was partly destroyed in a WWII air-raid, was defined by a wide staircase leading to the lower floors – essentially creating a ground floor from the basement.

The narrow alleys surrounding the basement were also widened, allowing natural light and ventilation to the neglected spaces and creating a sheltered shopping street which would retain the market’s original function – housing food stalls & takeaways.

VALLETTA ART MUSEUM INFO

The proposal was packaged in a mixed-media architectural exhibition in spring 2012, which caused quite a stir in the local media and prompted both government and opposition to put the covered market high on their electoral agendas for the next legislature.

VALLETTA ART MUSEUM SLIDESHOW

While none of the architectural proposals were adopted, in 2015, the market was leased to a new tenant and is on its way to becoming the new food mecca in town. The contract stipulates that the C19th structure be thoroughly restored and a considerable amount of space within the market hall be dedicated to cultural events and the upcoming Valletta2018 artistic program.

VALLETTA ART MUSEUM INFO

PROJECT TEAM: Chris Briffa, , Alex Spiteri, Sandro Valentino, Marcia Calleja Haber, Justin Schembri, Matthew Casha, Lily Agius, Theo Cachia, Albert Delia, Edward Said.

EXHIBITION supported by the MALTA ARTS FUND, Lily Agius Gallery, , Camilleri Wines, Chemimart, G Molton, The Malta Independent, The Smart Skin Clinic, SAW, Light Design Solutions, Doneo, Nexos.