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The Qala Primary School, Huntingford & the Maltese International Architecture Style in the 1960s.

Maltese architect Joseph Huntingford’s (1926-1994) yearnings to establish a new identity coincided with or reflected the international artistic style which was at that time undergoing a majore transformation. The work of the Smithson couple was a definite influence on Huntingford’s modern schools in Gozo.
The surge towards a contemporary modernist approach had been already propagated in post-war works by Joseph Borg Grech (b.1929), Joseph Spiteri (b.1934) and Renato La Ferla (b.1926). Their contribution was the first real breakthrough in architectural style in Malta.
Being assigned the post of architect in the Department of Public Works in Gozo between 1951 and 1961, Huntingford was given full architectural liberty. Some of his best examples today were unscrupulously tempered with or even destroyed. The Qala Primary School (1960) is the crowning example of Huntigord’s architectural adventure and the project was considered a monument of International Style in Malta.
The building was in fact unique in that, for once, on the Maltese Islands there was a real contemporary structure in line with the architectural advancements happening in Europe.
Other school examples such as those of Għajnsielem, Għarb and San Lawrenz clearly show Huntingford’s modern architectural characteristics. The departure of Joseph Huntingford from Gozo’s architectural scene meant that the island faced an architectural deficit.

The Art and Architecture of Twentieth Century Gozo, Jasan Joe Farrugia

The Qala Primary School, Huntingford & the Maltese International Architecture Style in the 1960s.

Maltese architect Joseph Huntingford’s (1926-1994) yearnings to establish a new identity coincided with or reflected the international artistic style which was at that time undergoing a majore transformation. The work of the Smithson couple was a definite influence on Huntingford’s modern schools in Gozo.

The surge towards a contemporary modernist approach had been already propagated in post-war works by Joseph Borg Grech (b.1929), Joseph Spiteri (b.1934) and Renato La Ferla (b.1926). Their contribution was the first real breakthrough in architectural style in Malta.

Being assigned the post of architect in the Department of Public Works in Gozo between 1951 and 1961, Huntingford was given full architectural liberty. Some of his best examples today were unscrupulously tempered with or even destroyed. The Qala Primary School (1960) is the crowning example of Huntigord’s architectural adventure and the project was considered a monument of International Style in Malta.

The building was in fact unique in that, for once, on the Maltese Islands there was a real contemporary structure in line with the architectural advancements happening in Europe.

Other school examples such as those of Għajnsielem, Għarb and San Lawrenz clearly show Huntingford’s modern architectural characteristics. The departure of Joseph Huntingford from Gozo’s architectural scene meant that the island faced an architectural deficit.

The Art and Architecture of Twentieth Century Gozo, Jasan Joe Farrugia

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We should not spoil the impact of this impressive piece of architecture by perpetrating the habit of adding decoration where no decoration is called for. Prof. Joe Friggieri on Renzo Piano’s City Gate Valletta.
13 Sep 2014, Times of Malta Newspaper, pg. 15

(Source: timesofmalta.com)

6 days ago

FAUP #03: Faculty Library.Porto Academy, Oporto, Jul 2014. 
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FAUP #03: Faculty Library.
Porto Academy, Oporto, Jul 2014. 

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6 days ago

FAUP #02: Tetsuo Kondo Studio Presentation.Porto Academy, Oporto, Jul 2014. 
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FAUP #02: Tetsuo Kondo Studio Presentation.
Porto Academy, Oporto, Jul 2014. 

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First Behance Collection Upload, link.
Photography works from 2009.

First Behance Collection Upload, link.

Photography works from 2009.

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Sizaness.Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Jul 2014.
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Sizaness.
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Jul 2014.

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