Winner for Rehabilitation and Conservation Award 2019

The winner in this category was the architecture firm MODEL for Aster House, Sliema. The project comprised a sensitive restoration of a townhouse built during the first half of the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style. The architect retained the original elements of the townhouse whilst intervening in a minimalist manner that respected the historical syntax of the building. Special attention was given to the catchment of natural light through a central skylight and skillful use of compatible materials. The project is even more commendable when considering the current development pressures in Sliema to demolish and re-develop such terraced houses into apartment blocks.

Commendations were awarded to the following two projects.
1. Dr Edwin Mintoff of EM architects, for the restoration and rehabilitation of the British-period building, Dock Number 1 environs in Cospicua.

2. Architect Kenneth Zammit Endrich for the preservation and conversion of a traditional house in Rabat into a restaurant.