Public Open Spaces Award Winner 2020
Martin Xuereb & Associates
The space allows for a sense of calm and tranquillity in a hectic area along the Sliema seafront, elevated from the hustle and bustle of the promenade. Seating is successfully incorporated into the scheme, which includes access from the lower levels by means of an elevator on one side and a step-free access on the other. Landscaping, though yet to mature, softens the scheme. Beneath the piazzetta, retail outlets are integrated within a podium floor which features a continuation of the design of the space above. At night, sensitive lighting complements the design and integrates the scheme within its context.