Client: Ministry for Gozo
Sector: Hospitality, Art & Culture
Discipline: Civil & Structural Engineering
Status: Ongoing Project
“A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can.” — Maira Kalman. The Gozo museum will be just this… understanding the meaning of our lives though understanding the history of the island through the artifacts that made it…
This is not just simply a ‘museum’. The site itself is also particularly interesting. It may be recognised as the former Ninu Cremona boy’s lyceum, but the building was originally designed by Joseph Huntingford in the 1950s. It’s undulating concrete canopy on the façade together with the proportions of the elevations makes it a quintessential example of Maltese Modernism.
When works started in February 2019, another layer of interest to the site was discovered: a unique archaeological discovery of a Punic quarry. The plans to the museum had to change, but the team was adamant not to damage any of this national heritage. The historic quarry discovered was incorporated and elevated within the museum design.
The project will be one of Gozo’s prime attractions for both locals and visitors. This centre will be a mixture of new and restored structures, challenging our structural engineering team into looking into each detail with clinical care.
Our team was given the challenge to develop a strategy for the structural stability of the new extensions for the new museum wing and the administration blocks, as well as perform the structural alterations to the modernist building while respecting both the heritage of the building fabric and the intended new visual framework. Across these strategies, the project crosscuts social sustainability values as an outcome of these interventions.