CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY NEEDS NEW SYMBOLS Times have changed, and we no longer build, as we did during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, cathedrals which symbolised our spiritual victory over death, chaos and destruction, and which embodied the extent of what humankind could achieve at that time.
Constructed to the very limit of what could be achieved with the technology and materials available at the time, they reflected the image and impression of the world of contemporary society that was oft repeated in frescoes, stained-glass windows, sculpture and music. They were centres in which was reflected the understanding of the past and the relationship towards the present of the people who built them.
Since that time, our perception of the world around us has altered radically, our horizons have broadened, and today we possess limitless opportunities thanks to the materials, technologies and means of expression that we now command. However, the greater the possibilities, the more frequently we show a complete helplessness when faced with the task of synthesising our knowledge and world view into a unified whole which extends beyond the bounds of the utilitarian, and it often seems that the people who built those cathedrals were a great deal bolder then than we are now.
Nevertheless, we cannot refute the fact that modern society needs new symbols which reflect the same issues which confronted the people who built beautiful cities many centuries ago, moreover we understand that we cannot live on monuments to the past alone, and we are now confronted with the necessity to create new projects which reflect the epoch in which we are living. These thoughts form the principal motive which led us to create the Heart of Malta complex, a monument which bears within its form a reminder of the merciless power and unpredictability of nature, and is intended to become what the cathedrals of the past became – the quintessence of our contemporary culture as it desperately strives to break the bounds of what it possible.
We see this project as an open window into the future, and a proud response to the vicissitudes of our own history and destiny.
I would like to remind those who separate the terms “natural” and “human” when discussing integration of structures into a natural context, that a human
being’s consciousness is also a part of nature, and also lives according to her immutable laws, and that such a separation looks at the very least presumptive.
We are, after all, also a part of nature, just one which possesses self-awareness and the ability to interpret that which occurs around us.In spite of the superficial impression of being in conflict with the environment, what we have in this project is an example of the ultimate conceptual and architectural integration of a structure into its physical context, meaning that here we can speak of a successful solution which goes beyond the bounds of the concept of urbanisation. The image of an Azure Window built from steel, one which reflects the sky, the land, and the sea – this is a very powerful image.
Therefore we are confident that we have been able to fully and faithfully reflect in our project the interaction of humanity and nature, the theme of downfall and prevailing, as a fundamental leitmotif for contemporary culture, having created an architectural design with its own drama and story, and whose familiar silhouette, in the edges of which reality itself dissolves, will intrigue and fascinate many people all over the world, and will reflect in the best possible way the spirit of Malta’s past.
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS BY THE SVETOZAR ANDREEV STUDIO
СВЕТОЗАР АНДРЕЕВ, АРХИТЕКТОР / ДИЗАЙНЕР ИНТЕРЬЕРА
Родился в 1975м году в Санкт-Петербурге. С 1997-го работает, как самостоятельный дизайнер и архитектор. Основное направление работы:
архитектурное проектирование и девелопмент, дизайн интерьера, разработка эксклюзивной мебели, предметов интерьера и графический дизайн. Автор множество интерьерных и архитектурных проектов, и коллекций эксклюзивной мебели. Работы Светозара Андреева отмечены премиями и номинациями, неоднократно занимали первые места в международных конкурсах Проекты Светозара Андреева регулярно публикуются в основных россиийских и зарубежных изданиях, посвященных дизайну интерьера и архитектуре, появлялись на обложках журналов. В настоящее время Светозар Андреев CEO собственной студии Hotei-Russia / The Svetozar Andreev Studio и работает как архитектор и дизайнер интерьера.
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THE SVETOZAR ANDREEV STUDIO / HOTEI-RUSSIA IN WORLD MEDIA СТУДИЯ СВЕТОЗАРА АНДРЕЕВА / HOTEI-RUSSIA В МАССМЕДИА
"Since beginning of 2019, over hundred articles about The Heart Of Malta project have appeared in some of the largest international and local media outlets, including: The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The New Zealand Herald, CNN International, CNN Japan, CNN Greece, CNN Arabic, Bild.de, Le Figaro, Corriere Della Sera, La Vanguardia, La Stampa, GEO France, Luxury Travel Adviso...
VONDOM, Avant-Garde Furniture Collections: Partner Of The Heart Of Malta Project By Architect Svetozar Andreev.
“From Vondom, we would like to emphasize that the fact of being able to participate in this unique project of such magnitude and dimension, offering the possibility of creating a space with no precedent and difficult to replicate, is a privilege and at the same time a ch...
7 Jan 2020 The Daily Telegraph, UK “Earthquake destroys famous rock formation in Puerto Rico.”
“..This is not the first time that a famous arch has collapsed into the sea. In March 2017, Malta’s world-renowned Azure Window disappeared after heavy storms. The arch was one of Malta’s most recognisable locations, having appeared in HBO series Game of Thrones and promotional campaigns...
`THE HEART OF MALTA PROJECT: A MODERN JEWEL IN THE MEDITERRANEAN CROWN`
- I interviewed you some time ago, and when I read back over my notes from that occasion, it struck me that your two life mottos, “Pursue the impossible” and “The future is now”, come together very nicely in the Heart of Malta. The project is a symbol, and very timely one, that stands as a reflection of the i...
Since begginning of 2019, over hundred articles about The Heart Of Malta project have appeared in some of the largest international and local media outlets, including: The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The New Zealand Herald, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic, GEO France, Le Figaro, La Stampa, Corriere Della Sera, La Vanguardia, ESQUIRE, ELLE Decor, CNN International,...
Project: The Heart Of Malta / The Azure Window Memorial Museum.
Location: Dwejra, Gozo Island, Republic of Malta.
Idea, Architecture and Interior Design: architect Svetozar Andreev
Official page: https://www.hotei-russia.com/theheartofmalta
The Svetozar Andreev Studio “Hotei-Russia”
World Media About The Heart Of Malta Project By Architect Svetozar Andreev: “Since begginning of 2019, over hundred articles have appeared in some of the largest international and local media outlets, including: CNN International, CNN USA, CNN Japan, CNN Greece, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller, GEO France, Le Figaro, ELLE Decor, National Geographic, La Stampa,...