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Design contest launched to refurb Maltese museum

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An international competition has been launched to design a museum in Malta.

Architects have until 28 February to enter the contest for the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta.

MUZA, as it shall be known, is aimed at becoming a major tourist destination in the Maltese capital. It will require major refurbishment of Auberge d’Italie, an historic site in a World Heritage Site.

The fabric of the Auberge d’Italie will be conserved, including all four external elevations.

Heritage Malta is running the competition, with support from the Ministry of Tourism and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government.

The construction project is expected to cost €5m (£4.1m) and take about four years.

Sustainability, access and conservation quality will all be important in the winning design.

MUZA is an acronym for the translation of National Museum of Fine Arts; it is also the Maltese word for inspiration.

The museum will have the mission of communicating and connecting with a varied audience.

For more information on the competition, see here: http://www.heritagemalta.org/muza/ ENDS

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