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Renewal Architects

The Transformation of Farsons Brewery Malta

An account of the history and transformation of the 1951 Art Deco Farsons Brewhouse buildings in Malta is the inspiration behind Renewal Architects published by Unicorn on the 3rd of July 2023. This book explains the thinking and design behind the gardens-courtyards-campus masterplan and architecture created by – ritchie*studio – led by Ian Ritchie and realised in collaboration with Alex Torpiano’s engineering focused Maltese practice TBA Periti, and environmental physicist Doug King. Inspired by Maltese palace gardens, coloured highlights of the islands vernacular buildings and designing with nature’s own ‘laser’ – the sun – this utterly contemporary mixed-use commercial architecture is a masterpiece of form, light and shade, sustainability and environmental engineering.

Richard England, the celebrated Maltese architect wrote:
“It is perhaps the finest building our island has seen over many a decade. It proves that real estate development can be produced enriched with what Vitruvius termed ‘Venustas’. Rarely has Malta seen architecture of this excellence.”

Author: Ian Ritchie
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781911397366
Published: 3rd July 2023
Publisher: Unicorn
Dimensions: 208 pages – 240mm x 196mm
This book is available for purchase from the publisher Unicorn.

Ian Ritchie leads one of the world’s most thoughtful and influential contemporary architectural practices ritchie*studio, based in London. Ian is a Royal Academician and elected member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He is Honorary Visiting Professor of Architecture Liverpool University; Fellow of the Society of Façade Engineering and Emeritus Commissioner CABE. He has been adviser to the British Museum, Natural History Museum, The Ove Arup Foundation, the President of Columbia University and the Centre for Urban Science and Progress NYU. He has chaired international juries including RIBA Stirling Prize, Czech Architecture Grand Prix, French government’s ‘Nouveaux Jeunes Albums’ and the Berlin Art Prize. He co-founded Rice Francis Ritchie, a design engineering practice based in Paris contributing to major cultural landmarks including the Louvre Pyramids. He is an artist, writer and poet, and his art is held in several international galleries and museums.

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