Malta made it to the podium yet again! This time, our ambassador was Valletta-based architecture firm, Valentino Architects, winning the World Interior of the Year award for a Single Residential Dwelling at the World Architecture Festival for 2022.
This project uses dramatic light and lines to honour Portelli's unique vision and design sensibility.
The World Architecture Festival has been bringing together thousands of architects annually since 2008. Spread over three days, every project entered is discussed by a panel of esteemed judges. 2000 global architects, interior designers, clients, developers, investors, contractors and the industry's media from over 65 countries attend these awards, where they compete in 45 categories, and celebrate their achievements, learn from their peers whilst discovering new products and services.
Valentino Architects won the competition for the renovation of Frank Portelli's art studio into his granddaughter's home. The Attard art studio, which has since been turned into a home, features a gorgeous open-air terrace with plenty of natural light; a feature piece across from the kitchen of one of Portelli’s very well-preserved mood boards—kudos to the architects; some of Portelli's hand-written notes and sketches; geometric tiles reflecting Portelli's cubist artworks and murals; a model kitchen adjacent to the terrace with black cabinetry; amongst other extraordinary architectural designs.
This refurb was truly a work of art and a very well-deserved award-winning project which made our tiny island proud. Valentino Architects designed the Dean Gera Salon at the Phoenicia Hotel, the E-Cabs booking office and Art Diamond Boutique interior, as well as a number of other residential and commercial projects.