Saturday, December 28, 2013

Valletta's New City Gate: Update

While it's still very much a work in progress, I wanted to share a quick update on Valletta's new city gate. Behold: The scaffolding is finally retreating! Approaching the city you are now greeted with a beautiful, streamlined vista that encourages the eye to travel right down Republic Street. It is quite impressive, especially at night. 

Although anticipated to be finished long ago, the parliament buildings are still under construction (politics) but the open-air theatre is fully functioning and quite lovely.

I can't wait for the project to come together and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that, even though Malta's 'new' bus service is leaving the country, the bus terminal will still be transformed into an open green space as Renzo Piano planned.

The New Valletta is really taking shape.

I, for one, like what I see.









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12 comments :

  1. Beautiful photos! This project in a real work of art.. I hope that the public gardens in the ditch are still on the agenda since there was some confusion recently. I would love to see the bus terminus converted into a piazza (personally I would have preferred a relocation of the triton fountain as well)

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    1. I would love to see the ditch turned into gardens too!

      Ah, the Triton Fountain. I have a strange soft spot for it. I think it's kind of quirky and weird and fun. Sort of like that ugly sweater you've had forever that you can't bear to part with.

      I do wish the strange pillar in the middle could be removed though, to allow for a better line of sight through to Valletta. I heard once it was installed after partiers jumped into the basin on top of the sculpture and it gave out under their weight?

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    2. I have to agree that throughout the years the the fountain has become an iconic national monument especially because it is located outside the capital city and therefore it featured in many historical moments. However it doesn't really appeal to me and I don't see anything particularly symbolic in it. Moreover, I'm not sure how it would fit in a piazza because it was originally commissioned as a monument for a roundabout of a transport hub.

      Regarding the central pillar; the plate on top of the triton figures was used to host music festivals in the late 1970s (unbelieveable but true!) resulting in damage to the sculpture. It was later decided to repair it by adding a pillar to support the plate .. the tritons could have might as well lowered their arms then!

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    3. Forget it, the garden is shelved and won't happen and so is tha project for the area of the old bus terminus.

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  2. So sad that I've left Malta, so I missed seeing the finished entrance. Looks beautiful though

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    1. I'll post photos once the whole thing is finished so you can see. Hope all is well in the UK!

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  3. Lovely photos and love your article!! I am in love with the renzo piano project but unfortunately most of Malta doesn't seem to be!

    And I full agree with you regarding the open green space Renzo Piano planned, it would make it a complete masterpiece!!

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I think the park would be so lovely, and a great way to make Valletta more of a 'living city'. Goodness knows we need all the green we can get in Malta ;)

      Glad I've found a fellow Piano fan! I think, with more education, more people on the island will come to understand and appreciate the project.

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  4. Hi ...can i ask ..What do you mean Malta's 'new' bus service is leaving the country,???

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    1. Hi Abigail. You can find out more about Arriva - Malta's bus provider since 2011 - leaving the country here: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140103/local/Arriva-s-final-stop.501155#.UtJ2mnlRQoA For now the government is overseeing the service, and I believe it is looking for a new operator to take it over. I hope this is helpful!

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  5. I too have been in love with the gate's simplicity from the start. I think it shall grow unto those who found it difficult to adjust to its unfamiliar (to them) philosophy.

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