The built environment in Malta is constantly at the forefront of controversy. Mostly because we have so little space on this island that anything that gets built here is quite a big deal.
When it comes to architecture – everyone has an opinion. There are some buildings we all agree are beautiful, some we all hate. Then there are the ones who have us shaking our fists at each other in disagreement.
Here are the six most love/hate buildings we need to settle the score about.
1. The National School of Sports – Pembroke
Joyful injection of colour into an otherwise desolate-looking stretch of road? Or try-hard attempt at forward-thinking architecture?
2. St Theresa of Lisieux Church – Birkirkara
Modernist masterpiece? Or weird concrete spaceship?
3. Esplora Interactive Science Centre – Kalkara
Pretty much in line with planetarium architecture? Or – actually insane?
4. Excelsior Grand Hotel – Valletta
Perfect symbiosis of futuristic-decadence? Or giant cruise-ship-like abomination?
6. Portomaso Tower – St Julians
An icon of contemporary living? Or an eye-sore of contemporary living?
7. Ħaġar Qim Temples Canopy – Qrendi
Elegant solution to a delicate problem? Or… seriously, it’s just a tent.