La Serenissima, Valentino Architects’ retrofit project converting a former artist’s studio into a contemporary living space, has been featured on Dezeen. The project revives the self-made sanctuary of one of Malta’s most compelling modern artists – Frank Portelli (1923-2004), known for his mural art and tonally faceted paintings. In 1995, Portelli designed a studio-home in the Maltese village of Attard called La Serenissima, named by the artist in tribute to the city of Venice.
Our team’s approach to the re-design was to emphasise Portelli’s original north-south axial layout, which maximised strong south-westerly light. Re-worked interiors follow this axis, with living spaces positioned at the south and more private rooms to the north. The design introduces a new outdoor space with a raised timber deck at the south end of the plan. A small home office and conservatory sit on an intersecting east-west axis at the centre, whilst at the northern end a bedroom and bathroom flank the building’s focal floor-to-ceiling triangular window.
Dezeen is one of the world’s most widely read architecture and design digital magazines, with over three million readers visiting its website every month. In 2021, Valentino Architects was long-listed in the annual Dezeen Awards, with the studio being recognised in the Emerging Architecture Studio of the Year category.