Valletta’s coastal area has been a problematic source of debate for a long time. Just recently, the local council issued plans for it to be holistically redeveloped. The primary goal for our proposal is then to help regenerate the coast of Valletta without touching it; aiding thereby the Local Council’s master plan.
We propose a series of multi-functional modular floating platforms to be spread over the seas across the harbour.
Depending on the way they’re configured day to day, these platforms take up different functions such as that of a walking bridge (connecting Valletta to its close over-seas neighbours), floating gardens and public open spaces, event spaces (improvised open-air theatres and such), filtered pools (having patches of harbour sea being purified and made suitable for leisurely bathing) and multiple ferry terminals (creating commercial hubs and promoting private investment).
After such proposal is used to better promote the overseas transport across the harbour (especially the day to day traffic of people working in Valletta), a further issue to be tackled is the transport of people from the coasts up into the inner city. What we propose is for a study to be made of the existing tunnelling happening beneath our Capital (there seem to be various areas to be studied and particular tunnels which can be explored) and devise a pathway leading from the coast into a particular point within the city where it makes most sense for a vertical connection (such as an elevator) to be made; in accordance with the building fabric which lies above the chosen point. In a peninsular situation such as that of Valletta, which in itself is a whole monument and where no need or space exists for further development inland, perhaps the most sensible direction to take is to turn toward the sea to seek the support which Valletta currently requires due to its modern-day needs.