There is a little shoe shop in Valletta called 'SHU', designed by Chris Briffa Architects, it is possibly the best example of contemporary architecture bearing a Maltese identity, achieved by mixing inventive new designs with traditional motifs.
The small space is cleverly maximised by turning the whole shop into a series of wooden staircases that act as display, storage and seating. Alongside the sharp wooden staircases traditional wrought iron railings are used. It is a lovely little illustration of what can be done, and a hint of the potential in Maltese architecture that we haven't yet completely uncovered.
Imagine the same intent applied to a bigger scale, with bigger ambitions... What would it be?
photo credits: www.chrisbriffa.com