Ongoing works at the Gozo Museum moving at a fast pace

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Ongoing works at the Gozo Museum moving at a fast paceThe Ministry for Gozo has said that the ongoing works at the Gozo Museum are moving at a fast pace. All tenders have now been processed, which will enable work to move on to the phase of construction and finishing.

In September, the Ninu Cremona monument, which is located close to the site of the museum, was moved on a temporary basis to protect it from any possible damage.

The disused Boys’ Lyceum school in Victoria, is being converted into a museum and cultural centre for Gozo.It will bring together various historical collections which exist in smaller museums within the Cittadella.

The collections will include artefacts from the field of natural history, archaeology, folklore, art and ethnography. Visual arts will also be introduced into this new museum.

There will also be space for temporary exhibitions as well as the Gozo offices of Heritage Malta. A museum shop, cafeteria and a conference space are also part of the project.

The restoration of the 1950s modern architectural building which was designed by architect Joseph G. Huntingford, is included in the work. .

When the planning permission was granted in May this year, the Planning Commission said that the 1970s library block, carries little architectural quality, and will be demolished and reconstructed.

A lightweight covered walkway will connect the two buildings. A sunken piazza at the back of the school will also be rehabilitated to create a public open space.

Architect Joseph G. Huntingford, during his ten years in Gozo, constructed twelve schools and several industrial buildings and was considered as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture in Malta.

Huntingford had a tremendous ability to play with light and shade in his architecture. Understanding fully the importance of shading in our hot and humid climate, Huntingford used delicate concrete shading structures in a number of his buildings.

This play of delicate concrete shading structures is maximised at the Victoria school where the walkway emphasises the entrance to the building, creating a shaded portico south facing in the form of a series of light gentle arched concrete structures.

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