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The Sun City Palais in Marsaskala opened its doors as a cinema in the mid-90s and quickly became one of the most popular meeting places of the area. The building was partially demolished in 2019 to make way for a speculative residential development.
The geometrical composition of the main façade was in fact emblematic of a crucial moment in the development of contemporary architecture on the islands, a moment of reaction to austerity and formalism of previous eras - not only from an architectural point of view.
The SORĠI piece inspired by it celebrates the design of the original building, reminiscent of the golden era of Maltese Post-modernism. Thanks to a formwork tracing the outline of ‘Sun City Palais’ main façade and to the sanded treatment of the resulting ‘etched-looking’ concrete surface, the bench acquires an illusory tridimensional quality, created by the colour scheme rather than actual sculptural elements.
CHARACTERISTICS HIGHLIGHTED IN DESIGN:
Basic cuboid shape;
Façade elements acting as relief
(no significant spatial depth);
Different colours of façade’s plaster
The bright colours and playful shapes on different levels were the main inspiration behind the design of ‘Cini’, which will be placed in a spot of the Magħluq Nature Reserve overlooking the site.
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