This penthouse in Sliema guards the spirits of the old dimora and its former inhabitants while being adapted to accommodate the new owner’s needs.
The old two-storey house lay vacant for over a decade after the mother of the current owners passed away. It has now been converted into apartments behind the original facade in such a way as to allow the three brothers who were brought up in this house
This penthouse overlies the other apartments and retains a number of elements from the original house. The sculpted lions, once at roof level and crowning the composition of the old facade, were restored and are now guarding the new terrace at roof level. The old iconic
All these elements handed down from the past now form a new composition with the contemporary space which consists of an
The bold kitchen unit in the centre of the long arm of the L-space works as a cooking island, bar, Dj stand, vitrine for the exhibition of precious art objects and library for ancient books. It is a form of sculptural installation that blends the boundaries between all these various functions.
Its slick appearance together with the gold-leaf cupboards and fridge, contrasts with the rough terrazzo floor and textured off-shutter concrete of the ceiling. Sharp industrial-industrial-looking storage cupboards run along the long wall of the apartment and mirror the more classical panelling on the opposite wall that evokes the fin-de-siecle character of
The distinctive character of the flat is the product of all these disparate elements that seem to have survived from different epochs, thus softening the edges of the newness of the interior and providing it with the depth habitually considered the domain of