Maltese waterfront provides hospitable surroundings
The insertion of a new Cruise Passenger Terminal at the foot of the baroque Pinto Stores in Valletta, adds another layer to the historic stratification of the Grand Harbour by rehabilitating the Waterfront and upgrading the image of the seaward gateway to Valletta. Pinto Stores was selected as an ideal location for the terminal since it constitutes an important part of the historic waterfront, providing an exceptionally beautiful setting. The whole site has become a destination where commercial and leisure activities have succeeded in breathing new life in this once abandoned area of the town.
The project itself consisted of the restoration of the Baroque stores and the ancient seawall (which had been lost with the gradual extension of the quay throughout the years), the creation of a marina for small seafaring craft that separates the public pedestrian area from the secure zone dedicated to the flows of cruise liner visitors, and the building of the terminal itself. The latter is a low lying building at the edge of the water below the public concourse, its roof forming part of the landscaping of the area and serving as a base to the existing historical buildings. In this way, the public and visitor pedestrian flows are physically and visually separated and the historical fabric on the site is never upstaged by the contemporary intervention.