Hotei Russia propose to create glimmering promontory and museum on Maltese coast

by Andrew Manns | 01 Jan 2019

Architecture firm Hotei Russia have offered to design a replacement for the Azure Window, a limestone formation which famously appeared in the Game of Thrones television series and collapsed in 2017.

The Russian architects' conceptual designs for the new landmark – dubbed "The Heart of Malta" – depict a polygonal structure connected to the mainland by an overwater promenade.

According to the group, the new building will also feature "mirrored steel faces, which will blend into the landscape, and have the same size and proportions as the original limestone arch".

As a new cultural attraction, the 5-storey monument will also provide over 5,000 sq m of exhibition space and offer laser shows showcasing Malta’s thousands-year-old history.

In a statement, Svetozar Andreev, CEO at Hotei Russia said the project would preserve "the existing natural coastal landscape" and serve as "a new asset to draw tourists".

Development plans for The Heart of Malta have not yet been released.

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Architecture firm Hotei Russia have offered to design a replacement for the Azure Window, a limestone formation which famously appeared in the Game of Thrones television series and collapsed in 2017. The Russian architects' conceptual designs for the new landmark – dubbed "The Heart of Malta" – depict a polygonal structure connected to the mainland by an overwater promenade. According to the group, the new building will also feature "mirrored
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The new structure – once constructed – would replace Malta's iconic Azure Window, a rock formation in Gozo which collapsed in 2017. / Courtesy of Hotei Russia
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