Results announced for the Gozo Museum Design Competition

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Results announced for the Gozo Museum Design CompetitionThe results of an International Design Competition for the Gozo Museum, have now been announced. The general public is invited to view all design submissions at the Cittadella Arts Centre from Monday, the 6th of June onwards.

This innovative project – a multi-disciplinary regional museum and cultural centre – is being carried out in collaboration with Heritage Malta. The Ministry for Gozo has applied for European funds for the implementation of this project.

The Jury Memorandum said that the Jury has examined in detail all three entries and went through the submissions presented in response to the requirements outlined in the brief.

Projects codenamed 074159MM (by forward Architects) and 042018GM (by dtr) were placed first and second respectively. "Both projects addressed the museum's core objectives and provided a comprehensive masterplan. They were both respectful of the Huntingford building and made conscious attempts to propose new extensions which did not compete with the original," the Jury said.

"Project 074159MM impressed the Jury with the creation of a new iconic building that makes a statement and provides a positive contribution to the urban fabric, while still complementing the 1950s structure," the Jury said. "Perhaps its strongest point was the interface between the street and the museum complex, as it succeeded in destroying the barrier between outside and inside."

Project 042018GM was praised for its excellent use of space. "The new building was admired by many, while others found it rather bland. The weakest point of this proposal was the barrier between the street and the open space inside."

The Jury Memorandum said that "all Jury Members felt that the proposal failed in establishing a successful link to draw the public into the space. Given the high score obtained by this entry, the Jury agreed to award an honourable mention."

The announcement of the results and scores are available here.

Members of the Jury are:

Chairperson – Mr Kenneth Gambin, Heritage Malta, Chief Executive Officer (ex officio)

Secretary – Ms Nicoline Sagona, Heritage Malta Manager Gozo Sites

1. Mr John Cremona – Ministry for Gozo representative

2. Perit Godwin Sultana – Architect

3. Mr Charles Hili – Project Leader (ex officio)

4. Mr Godwin Vella – Heritage Malta, Head Curatorial affairs (ex officio)

5. Ms Caroline Tonna – Representative of the Arts Council Malta

6. Dr Mark Sagona – Representative of the History of Art Department, University of Malta

7. Arch Erik Mikael Lye – Non-resident expert

8. Perit Ivana Farrugia – Representative of the Restoration Directorate?

9. Dr Paul Pisani – Ministry for Gozo deputy member

10. Perit David Zahra – Heritage Malta deputy member.

The venue selected for this project is part of the old building of the former Ninu Cremona Lyceum in Victoria. This building was built on a design by Joseph G. Huntingford in the fifties and is an important part of the most recent architectural heritage of this country.

When a few years ago the old school was demolished to provide space for a new school, Heritage Malta made a request to take over the few buildings remaining from this complex to safeguard this architectural heritage and make use of it again.

The Gozo Museum project may be considered for European Union part-financing through Operational Programme I – Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges – Cohesion Policy 2014-2020. The Gozo Museum Project, has proposed an amount of more than € 4 million.

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