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4 Of Malta’s Most Creative And Colourful Structures

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We might not be the Emerald City from the land of Oz, but our little Malta certainly has its fair share of crazy and creative buildings. From bright and colourful balconies, to buildings shaped like boats, our architects sure are working their imaginative muscles.

1. Holiday Inn Express

Opened to the public late in 2017, this hotel brought us some of the most Instagrammable balconies on the island. Situated in the heart of Malta’s nightlife hub, Holiday Inn quickly became one of the town’s defining landmarks.

Taking inspiration from our iconic colourful gallariji, this building brings a pop of colour to the busy city whilst paying homage to traditional design.

2. The Malta National Aquarium

Home to over 40 fish tanks and a luscious interior, Malta’s National Aquarium has become one of the nation’s main attractions to tourists, students, and locals alike. As if that wasn’t good enough, the building’s literally shaped like a starfish. Definitely a five-star-fish in our eyes, am I right?

 

3. Fort Cambridge

Fort Cambridge broke through with a massive shakeup in modern living by combining contemporary lifestyle with local history, built on the site of a historic seaside fortress. This block of apartments is quite the feat of modern architecture and design, providing a quiet residential space in the heart of Sliema.

4. The Portomaso Tower

Coming in at a whopping 23 storeys, the Portomaso Tower might just be Malta’s most iconic man-made landmark. Opened way back in 2001, this is easily the OG of colourful buildings here in Malta, and its made made even cooler by the ship-shape(d) building right next to it.

The first of Malta’s sky-scrapers, and full of offices, eateries, club and shops, it truly is the heart of St Julian’s.

 

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BONUS: Baystreet

From the occasional shopping spree to dinners with friends, this place has been keeping our weekends busy since day one. Baystreet has been around for so long that we sometimes forget just what an architecturally creative complex it is.

Plus it’s one of Malta’s biggest shopping centres and just a few steps away from Paceville, so there’s always something going on there.

 

All of these amazing structures were constructed by local company Elbros

They’ve been around for 30 years now, and they’ve worked on some incredible projects. Apart from these creative buildings, Elbros are also firm believers in the restoration of some of Malta’s most historical buildings – not only to savour their past splendour, but to reach the necessary requirements and standards of today.

Their dedicated and specialised restoration team is well-equipped with the necessary expertise and know-how to take on any challenging project, with the re-generation of the Mdina Bastions and the Valletta Breakwater being just two of the major restoration projects under their belt.

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