Gozo Innovation Hub, Xewkija
Sustainability Award Winner 2020
The new building features a louvre system which is solar-oriented in order to avoid excessive heat gain. Also, the external areas have been landscaped using indigenous trees, requiring less irrigation, and mature trees on site were also retained. The retention of the original concrete structure is a good example of retaining a scarce and non-renewable natural resource – aggregate. The historic part of the project celebrates the work of renowned local architect Joseph Huntingford and gives a clear message that adaptive reuse of modernist buildings is important both in the cultural heritage sector as well as in the sustainability sector.