At the edge of the town of Naxxar, in the center of the island of Malta, there is Villa Castro, a property reimagined by Architecture Project and Jens Bruenslow that stands as a testament to island history and architectural ingenuity.
Together German architect Jens Bruenslow and Maltese firm Architecture Projects have been working several years to rejuvenate original features of the palazzo and accommodate the needs of a modern family. Located on the perimeter of an Urban Conservation Area, the surroundings and views of the villa had become compromised by increased development on the island.
Inside, they removed recent structural additions to ensure design synthesis between the villa’s past and present. Arches were unblocked, and additional openings were added, allowing sunshine to flood the building. Externally, the modern additions to the villa do not pretend to blend with its historic facade. The simple volumes are clad in slender panels of wood, complementing the existing building without overriding its tradition with their modernity.
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