A cozy, modern home in Malta
Located in Malta, this modern home designed by MJMDA is bounded on one side while enjoying vast openness on the other. “From this striking characteristic, we drew an analogy with how the brain works: the left side is closed, achieving functionality and categorising everything that comes in from the outside – or from the right side,” said MJMDA founder Matthew J. Mercieca.
The front of the house opens onto a vibrant pool, deck and al fresco dining area with stunning views. “This is a place for enjoyment and for living in the here and now.”
The back garden is more secluded, so the architects designed it to nurture a more tranquil connection with nature.
“This is where time stands still and calmness is of the essence,” said Mercieca. “Residents can sit back, rest and contemplate the past, present and future.”
The materials used for this property were carefully selected by MJMDA to reflect these ideas and sensations. Timber is used throughout the modern home to bring the nature indoors. Transitioning to the outside, the architects used a graded shade of wood to open up onto the natural light outdoors.
After discussions with the client, the architects decided to make the property a functionally flexible space. By designing moveable elements, like the sliding unit that divides the kitchen from the living and dining areas, they were able to achieve this. Even the entrance hall features a moveable unit that has the unique effect of adding variety to the links between key spaces on the property.
Photography by: Peter M Mercieca