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Architects Turn Eyes To Sliema’s Iconic Chalet And Plan To Convert It Into The Public Space It Deserves To Be

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The former iconic Chalet in Sliema stands a chance of returning to its former glory, with a collective of architects, urban planners and creatives hosting a public discussion to see what the future holds for the once majestic venue.

Taking place tomorrow on Tuesday 12th November at 6.30 pm at the Preluna Hotel, everyone is invited to ‘Chalet In Action’ and put their input in how Malta’s open spaces can finally be enjoyed by the public.

The Chalet, lying along the Sliema promenade, was built in 1926 and quickly became the ‘it’ venue, but exposure to the strong force of the seas meant it slowly descended into disrepair.

The decrepit building then found new life with young people jumping off the high point throughout the summer months, until it was completely dismantled in 2006 over safety concerns.  Despite the thrill of jumping off the building now gone, many people still bathe there.

“The Chalet conjures vivid, cheerful, memories among people from different generations, even the younger ones who recall stories told by their parents or grandparents,” NIDUM, the collective behind the project, said.

NIDUM’s findings will eventually be put on display at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow from January to May 2020, as part of an exhibition called ‘Public Architecture – Future of Europe’.

The plans will eventually make it down to Malta. Let’s hope it becomes a reality.

The project enjoys support from Sliema Local Council, Arts Council Malta- Cultural Export
Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, the Maltese Embassy to the Russian Federation, Halmann
Vella and Elektra.

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