Chris Briffa Architects

Location: Valletta, Malta

Principal use: Shoe shop

Client: One Fashion Ltd

Floor area: (footprint) 21m2 (226ft2)

Design period: June – October 2007

Construction period: October – December 2007

Budget: €70,000

The steep, meandering cobbled streets of Malta’s capital Valletta are lined with pale-stoned houses and shops dating predominantly from the seventeenth century. It’s here that Chris Briffa was asked the impossible. From a miniscule site measuring only 7m (23ft) in depth and 3m (10ft) in width, and with an underlying basement, he was given the brief to design a luxury shop that could display 75 pairs of stylish shoes from brands such as Camper, Miss Sixty and Fornarina while storing up to another 600: all ...

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