Prestigious international architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled its latest designs for a 31-storey tower in Paceville, which will include 275 flats and 48 hotel rooms.
The late Zaha Hadid, who died in March 2016, is cited among the designers of the skyscraper-led scheme for Gozitan developer Joe Portelli.
The 24,500m² project includes the renovation of the remains of the 1903 Mercury House, which has been left derelict for the past 20 years.
Apartments and a boutique hotel will be housed behind Mercury Tower's refurbished façades.
Plans for a 23-storey office-led proposal on the plot were approved in 2011; however, ZHA secured planning for a taller 31-storey skyscraper earlier this year.
The lower nine-storeys of the new tower will contain the flats, while the upper 19-storeys, which will be ’rotated to orientate’ towards the Mediterranean, will be given over to the hotel rooms.
According to ZHA, the twist in the tower will reduce “solar gain and instils a sense of dynamism within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Paceville.”
The tower’s design, with its insulated façade and limited glazing in areas of significant direct sunlight will “provide shading and increase the tower’s overall thermal performance.”