Heritage Malta has opened a design contest for its new £3.1 million Gozo Museum
Backed by Malta’s Ministry for Gozo, the new facility will be constructed inside a former 1950s school with the island’s capital, Victoria (pictured).
Designed by local modernist architect Joseph Huntingford, the Ninu Cremona Boys’ Secondary School on Fortunato Mizzi Street was saved from demolition several years ago.
The new multi-disciplinary museum will feature displays on archaeology, art, ethnography, folklore and natural history.
The project will also create new cultural centre for the island, housing temporary exhibitions, a library, archive, conference centre, cafeteria, gift shop and offices for Heritage Malta.
According to the brief: ‘The new museum is envisaged to function as an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the appreciation of Gozo’s history and culture and thereby contribute in creating a new generation that values heritage, culture and the arts.’
Gozo is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago and is home to several megalithic temples recognised as being among the world’s oldest free-standing structures.
Proposals must include a site masterplan, detailed designs for the new building and a sample layout for one of the proposed galleries.
The winner – set to be announced on 2 May – will receive the design contract while a second place prize of around £930 and third place prize worth approximately £620 are also available.
Maltese multidisciplinary DTR won an international contest for the Malta’s new £4.1 million National Museum of Fine Arts (MUZA) two years ago.
The competition language is English and the deadline for submitting projects is 12noon local time on 26 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Visit the competition webstite
Ministry for Gozo
St Francis Square
Tel: +356 21561482 / 22156400