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06/11/12

Feature:Exceptional new entertainment hub in the south

 

When it opens, it will be bringing together 
Malta’s colours, textures and stone on the 
Ricasoli shoreline. 
 
An exceptional location offering a unique 
lagoon landscape is slowly but surely crystallising 
on the Ricasoli shoreline. The creation of an enormous man-
made lagoon will soon be completed, together 
with an entertainment area, ready to 
welcome everyone. 
 
Rowena West, senior associate of Dubaibased 
Cracknell, the British firm with a 
world-wide reputation for landscape architecture 
and urban design, told this paper that the 
planning of the area took advantage of the 
Mediterranean Sea in the background and 
brings together the colours, textures and materials 
of Malta for an authentic Maltese look 
and feel. 
 
The area has been designed to include a lush 
garden and several distinctive features, the 
 
principle one of which is the vast staircase, that 
ends in an amphitheatre and that has been 
designed to cleverly bring together the 
romance of Rome’s Spanish Steps and the 
character of Valletta’s historic stepped streets, 
allowing ample space for large-scale events or 
simply for relaxing on and enjoying the magnificent 
vista of the lagoon and the stunning 
Mediterranean Sea beyond. 
 
Other features are a lush, tree-lined promenade 
and a boulevard. 
 
This lifestyle area is designed to be the hub 
of events not only for the companies and residents 
of SmartCity Malta but for visitors to the 
area. Coffee shops, restaurants and terraces 
will turn it into an area where life happens and 
society meets. 
 
“Our challenges in design were the context 
and aesthetics of the place,” said Ms West. 
“The Mediterranean Sea offered the perfect 
backdrop, which we extended by incorporating 
the lagoon, mixing the man-made water 
body feature with the natural setting.” 
 
Ms West said the Grand Steps are likewise 
 
intended to bring people together and make the 
area their meeting place. The steps may also 
seat an audience of 1,000 people for events in 
the amphitheatre at the bottom of the steps. 
 
The lagoon also incorporates spectacular 
animated fountains. It blends into the landscape 
like a bay and is encircled by a 300metre 
promenade, lined with pines and palm 
trees, which enhance its Mediterranean feel. 
 
The levels of the project have also been 
manipulated to give a better sense of uniqueness. 
The lagoon’s pure form contrasts with 
the wilderness of the sea. Floating platforms 
also extend over the lagoon for a closer feel 
of the animated water. 
 
“The idea is to give visitors an experience 
of Malta’s outdoor living in a contemporary 
and up-to-date design that shows off the 
island’s colours, textures and stone in an way 
that is SmartCity Malta’s very own,” said Ms 
West. 
 
Cracknell is the leading landscape creator in 
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Jeddah. “When we 
came to Malta,” said Ms West, “We were 
 
entranced by the potentiality of the site, the 
view of the sea reflected in the lagoon and the 
possibilities that creating space for the public 
all around the lagoon and out to the shoreline 
offered. 
 
The space can be used for getting people to 
socialise in the various restaurants around the 
lagoon but it can also be used to hold events 
centred around the stage at the bottom of the 
Grand Steps. 
 
Access to the area is and will remain completely 
free and people are already discovering 
the attractions and beauty of SmartCity 
Malta, which is complimented by the vast 
amount of parking space. 
 
All this is aimed at realising SmartCity’s 
vision of getting people together not just to 
work but also to socialise and make new 
friends. It not only encapsulates this vision but 
also promotes in a unique way what Malta can 
offer its visitors and residents – not just sun 
and sea, nor just historical buildings, but a 
unique experience that is unrepeatable anywhere 
else.


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