Public Open Spaces Award

The 2020 Public Open Spaces Award's winner is Piazzetta, Sliema  by Martin Xuereb & Associates

Winning submission, Piazzetta, Sliema
Winning submission, Piazzetta, Sliema

Winning Submission

Piazzetta, Sliema - Martin Xuereb & Associates

The space allows for a sense of calm and tranquillity in a hectic area along the Sliema seafront, elevated from the hustle and bustle of the promenade. Seating is successfully incorporated into the scheme, which includes access from the lower levels by means of an elevator on one side and a step-free access on the other. Landscaping, though yet to mature, softens the scheme. Beneath the piazzetta, retail outlets are integrated within a podium floor which features a continuation of the design of the space above. At night, sensitive lighting complements the design and integrates the scheme within its context.

Special commendation

Pjazzetta l-Ghammiedi – Perit Mariella Xuereb

Special commendation,
Special commendation,

The project relates to the provision of a public open space where before there was none. Whenever nondescript and incongruous buildings can be demolished, the provision of public open spaces within the village cores are to be encouraged. Landscaping and seating have been provided for, with a water feature providing a central focus point for the space. The design of the paving denotes where the former building outline once was stood, and delineates the space at the junction of two streets in this historic area.

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