Watch: Photographic exhibition showcases modernist architecture in Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Following the popularity of last year’s summer edition, the Planning Authority will once again be setting up its landmark photographic roadshow exhibition, Minister for the Environment Aaron Farrugia has announced. 

The ‘Unsung’ Architectural Icons Photographic Exhibition will start off in Mdina between the 25th of August and the 2nd September, then move to Merchant Street in Valletta between the 8th and 16th  September 2020. 

The minister explained that this exhibition brings together some of the most beautiful buildings constructed in Malta between the late 19th and the mid-20th centuries in a series of 30 photos that celebrate local modernist architecture, including several buildings having a commercial or residential use, and even churches. 

Farrugia said that the majority of these 30 buildings were designed and built in the modernist style that was introduced to the islands in the late 1920s and which remained popular until the 1960s. “What these buildings have in common is the introduction of new concepts in our building style, and sometimes with the use of new materials. It is our duty to raise awareness about these buildings and guarantee that they are conserved in the most suitable way for the benefit of future generations. From our end, this is also being done through the ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme, with which owners of scheduled buildings are given the necessary support to conserve the beauty of their buildings,” he said, noting that clear guidelines for the visual integrity of scheduled buildings and protection of monuments were published recently. 


This exhibition is part of the PA’s commitment to preserve Malta and Gozo’s architectural heritage. This year alone, the PA has scheduled over 44 properties mainly in the localities of Rabat and Pieta.

All these photos were expertly taken by members of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography. Some notable mentions which are shown in this exhibition include the Art Deco-style showroom of Muscat Motors in Gżira; the Rialto Cinema designed in an Art Moderne style; the majestic Art Nouveau Balluta Buildings, overlooking Balluta Bay, Villa Ellul in Ta’ Xbiex and  several churches such as All Souls church, in Tarxien; St Joseph parish church in Manikata; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish church in Fgura.

“The objective of this initiative is to raise awareness and appreciation among the public for some of our country’s architectural treasures, which, at times, go unnoticed because they are not the typical palazzo or auberge with grand facades,” the PA’s executive chairman Martin Saliba said.