Over the centuries, the entire
seafront overlooking the Grand Harbour has undergone major transformations linked to shifting historical and political realities.
Thriving maritime commercial activities were the most important determining factor of change from the 18th century onwards: in order to encourage the exchange of goods, several gates were opened in the 16th century fortification walls and infrastructural developments such as the Marsa seafront stores became instrumental to the economic growth of the country.
Today, once again, a new economic reality is transforming the area – and, in the case of Marsa, without any continuity with its past.
While the commercial and industrial character has been retained, most of the architectural and urban qualities were lost in the process of modernisation.
Recent developments have in fact broken up the homogenous sequence of arches of the two-storey buildings belonging to a time in which Marsa was a primary naval and merchant base in the Mediterranean.
‘Emma’, the SORĠI piece inspired by these traditional stores, borrows their architectural language and abstracts it in the pattern visible as an engraving on the base.
CHARACTERISTICS HIGHLIGHTED IN DESIGN: