This façade can be found on your way up to Rabat, better known as Saqajja Hill. This building has been standing here for as long as I can remember that is, 40 odd years or so. I recall seeing it when I was a kid on our way to Rabat. The width of the door intrigued me when I started my drafting career since the proportions are odd. The balconies were the part of this facade that always caught my eye though, because they are so different than the usual wooden coloured balconies that Malta is so known for. These balconies here are a Maltese interpretation of Modern Architecture. Click on the link to learn about the difference between modern and contemporary architecture.
In order to get the facts correct I contacted architect Edward Said from ArchitectureXV. His opinion: "I would agree that it was a simple unpretentious way of interpreting the 'gallarija' using metal apertures typical of Malta in the late 1930s-1970s. I would think that the door is recycled from an older building. Being devoid of ornamentation and painted makes the façade all the more modernist in character".