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Opera House Floriana, Malta. Rick Shands, Architect Malta 2003. Malta's Opera House from the 1880's was essentially destroyed during World War 2. This self-initiated proposal placed a new, modern, and full-scale replacement just outside the City Gates of the old town of Valetta. It is as much an urban design element as an architectural design, acting to form a 'place d'etoiles' urban space in front of the City Gates as well as act as a connector to a colonnaded street further down. The building comprises a stone and glass-clad opera house and a special glass-clad retail, restaurant and office component.
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