The Ggantija Heritage Park & Visitors’ Centre Design proposal is an integration of cultural, structural, environmental architecture, circulation, and experience. The buildings are situated within a landscape in order to invite visitors to appreciate the existing historical environment of Malta and Gozo while experiencing a new spatial environment which respects the past while pointing to a new future. The proposed buildings act as gateways, creating inhabitable thresholds within the natural landscape.
The thresholds act both spatially and programmatically; The Interpretation Centre houses ticket booths, an auditorium, a Children’s Centre, and various exhibition spaces. As one progresses through the Interpretation Centre, physical experience of light, shadow, and air constantly change. Enclosed spaces are woven with those that are semi-enclosed, creating a blurred boundary between interior and exterior, enclosure and nature. Views out to the natural landscape and trees are framed through designed moments acting to create a constant connection between the visitor and the natural environment of Gozo. After the final progression through the Interpretation Centre, one emerges into a series of sinuous paths leading to the ruins of Ggantija. These paths intersect, creating constantly changing views as well as smaller areas of refuge for a short rest or picnic. This differentiated landscape allows for a direct relationship between the visitors and the environment. While serving as connector and circulation between the Interpretation Centre and the ruins, the landscape also creates functional space to enjoy the space as park. This project was in collaboration with Plasma Studio.