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The jaw-dropping replacement proposed for Malta’s ‘Azure Window’ that features on Game of Thrones

Jaw-dropping mirrored archway may replace the natural wonder in Malta that featured in Game of Thrones before being destroyed by a storm

  • Malta’s Azure Window, which is also in Clash of the Titans, collapsed into the sea during a storm in 2017 
  • Russian architect Svetozar Andreev has proposed a replacement like no other called the ‘Heart of Malta’ 
  • The new arch would take the same form as the previous arch in Dwejra Bay, but it would be mirrored steel 

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As bold architecture goes – this takes some beating.

Malta’s famous Azure Window – an iconic archway that features in Game of Thrones and Clash of the Titans – collapsed into the sea during a storm in March 2017, and these designs propose a modern replacement like no other.

Known as the ‘Heart of Malta’, the project is the brainchild of Russian architect Svetozar Andreev, who collaborated with Elena Britanishskaya on the designs.

This is the jaw-dropping proposal by a Russian architect for a replacement for Malta’s Azure Window

Known as the 'Heart of Malta', the project is the brainchild of Russian architect Svetozar Andreev, who collaborated with Elena Britanishskaya on the designs

Known as the ‘Heart of Malta’, the project is the brainchild of Russian architect Svetozar Andreev, who collaborated with Elena Britanishskaya on the designs

The Azure Window has featured on thousands of Instagram pictures - and a minor U.S TV series featuring Emilia Clarke called Game of Thrones

The Azure Window has featured on thousands of Instagram pictures – and a minor U.S TV series featuring Emilia Clarke called Game of Thrones

The proposed new arch would take the same form as the previous limestone arch in Dwejra Bay, but it would be made of mirrored steel.

Svetozar, who worked on the designs for six months, said: ‘The sight of the empty Dwejra Bay inspired me to create a monument that would do more than simply copy the natural relief of the Azure Window, but would rather serve as a memorial to it, and at the same time become a significant architectural feature with immaculate compositional integrity.’

The architect first visited Malta in 2008 and said he had previously photographed the arch many times.

Before its collapse, the Azure Window was one of Malta's biggest tourist draws

Before its collapse, the Azure Window was one of Malta’s biggest tourist draws

Svetozar, who worked on the designs for six months, said: 'The sight of the empty Dwejra Bay inspired me to create a monument that would do more than simply copy the natural relief of the Azure Window, but would rather serve as a memorial to it'

Svetozar, who worked on the designs for six months, said: ‘The sight of the empty Dwejra Bay inspired me to create a monument that would do more than simply copy the natural relief of the Azure Window, but would rather serve as a memorial to it’

The Heart of Malta would feature more than 5,000 square meters of exhibition space over five floors, as well as a laser show that would bring Malta's history to life

The Heart of Malta would feature more than 5,000 square meters of exhibition space over five floors, as well as a laser show that would bring Malta’s history to life

Other than simply replacing a national landmark, Svetozar hopes his proposals would – if created – be a new asset to the region, drawing tourists that might otherwise be lost.

The Heart of Malta would also feature more than 5,000 square meters of exhibition space over five floors, as well as a laser show that would bring Malta’s history to life.

Public polling on the proposals has drawn positive results, Svetozar said, and this has given him confidence that the plans will come to light.

Svetozar, who has submitted the plans to the Maltese authorities, added: ‘The project objective is to compensate for the loss of the famous Azure Window, and to create a centre of attraction in Dwejra, a new asset to draw tourists, this time to a new architectural and cultural landmark.

‘We received actual feedback from the residents of the Republic of Malta as well as people around the world.

‘The results of public polling, the project received a great amount of positive feedback.’ 

Public polling on the proposals has drawn positive results, Svetozar said, and this has given him confidence that the plans will come to light

Public polling on the proposals has drawn positive results, Svetozar said, and this has given him confidence that the plans will come to light

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