Lace House
Zejtun, MALTA

Design - Simon Grech, Dawn Fearne, Andrea Zerafa

Project Management - David Grech

Photography - Alex Attard

Lace house is a story of a couple and their dogs that fell in love with the Maltese Islands and decided to make it their home. After viewing numerous properties, they were lovestruck by this beautiful wide fronted, well-proportioned building in Zejtun that had a good-sized back garden. This property was a period house that had enough space to accommodate all that they love; cooking, dogs, books, and film.

 

The house was in relatively good structural condition and the architect’s approach to the restoration focused on returning the building to its original state, while upgrading and extending the spaces to make them better suited to contemporary living.

 

In general, the ideology was to intervene with an architectural language that was silent and direct with a reduction of architectural elements and materiality using a basic palette of stone, steel and concrete. The interventions carried out include rationalizing the back facade with the construction of two back wings of the property formed by small rooms to complete its symmetry and the construction of a recessed volume at roof level to complement an already existing volume divided by an existing staircase to the upper roof.