A blue economy innovation hub in the heart of the Mediterranean
A Mediterranean hub for research and innovation
Conceived by Pininfarina Architecture, Is-Siċċa will be built in the area currently occupied by a fuel storage facility, revitalizing the coastline with over 18,000 square metres of educational, research and development, commercial and recreational spaces. Is-Siċċa aims to become a Mediterranean hub for research and innovation, attracting talents, new industries and eco-startups.
Inspired by the Maltese natural landscape, the project connects water and land, generating an unprecedented bond between architecture and nature, while enhancing local communities and fostering interaction among eco-startups active in the field of blue economy.
An outstanding project
Designed in accordance with the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Maltese Islands for 2050, the project encompasses all aspects of the building lifecycle, using natural bio- based materials and light-weight constructions strategies to minimize processing energy during production, while reducing overall environmental emissions – with 70% of energy use derived from renewables and energy efficient systems.
Is-Siċċa will not only replace a polluting industry but will be an innovative project to meet Malta’s goals of sustainability: it will generate quality economic activities with a positive impact on the environment and on society. The main focus of this project is to provide a better quality of life for residents. The beach will be given back to the residents whilst creating open spaces for cultural and social activities, also to improve mental health and quality of life.
A new resource for citizen
From a business point of view, Is-Siċċa will offer open spaces for startups with various services and resources for entrepreneurs in the field of sustainability and innovation, incubation centers for green industry and spaces allocated for educational facilities. Whilst 7% of the space will be allocated to industry, over 50% of the project will be dedicated to recreational usage.
Is-Siċċa is inspired by the prominent cliffs overlooking It-Torri ta' San Luċjan; the design follows a soft, smooth gesture which connects two elements, water and land, generating an unprecedented bond between nature and architecture. It will include diverse uses such as multiple commercial and recreational spaces for the local community, as well as areas for educational, research and innovation purposes, serving as an incubation space for eco and blue industries.