AP has been selected as part of a group of honourable mentions in the prestigious Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture for 2011, by a jury made up of high profile professionals and experts in the field of architectural practice and theory, architectural critics, historians and economists.
The theme for this year’s award scheme was ‘The Age of Renovation’, and sought to discover projects which in some aspect helped to regenerate an urban setting. The Valletta Waterfront has been selected to be exhibited and illustrated in the awards scheme catalogue, along with other projects from top international firms which were also selected from among 101 proposals received from 19 European countries. AP’s project for the Valletta Waterfront will be exhibited and presented in the catalogue of the exhibition, which will take place from 16th October to 20th November 2011 at the Architecture Museum in Brussels, before being presented in Paris and other cities throughout Europe.
The Valletta Waterfront and Cruise Passenger Terminal project, upon which work was begun by AP in 1999, includes the contemporary intervention of an insertion of a new Cruise Passenger Terminal at the foot of the Pinto Stores, which were selected as an ideal location for the terminal since it constitutes an important part of the historic waterfront.
This intervention develops on the genus loci of Valletta, to add yet another layer to the rich historic stratification of the Grand Harbour.