Shoe Shop In Valletta / Chris Briffa Architects

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Architects: Chris Briffa Architects
Design: Chris Briffa, Bernard Vella, Marcia Calleja
Location: , Malta
Client: One Fashion Ltd
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Ali Tollervey, Chris Briffa Architects, David Pisani

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The site for a new shoe shop in Valletta, presented a very limited volume – one 3x7m room with an underlying basement – which provided the most significant challenge. From the early sketches, we adopted a vertical approach rather than a horizontal one, and the volume was fragmented into one giant staircase which would combine display, seating, storage and all services into one.

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We imagined clients walking up, down and around the stairs, choosing their favourite shoes and actually sitting next to them to try them on, rather than looking at the merchandise through a glass. The experience of being surrounded by the products, together with the constantly changing vistas while exploring the shop enhances both the shopper and the shopped in a surreal, stepped space reminiscent of Japanese shoe-box architecture adorned by traditional Maltese textures; wrought iron railings, the Maltese eight-pointed cross, traditional lace.

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Cite: "Shoe Shop In Valletta / Chris Briffa Architects" 22 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • æon

    A typical contrast between minimalism and exuberance.

  • vlsco

    I was in this shop two years ago, it is a very tiny and beautiful shop. I was surprised by the white grille canopy that makes the facade shines like a jewel.

    You can find many beautiful projects made by Chris Briffa Architects in Malta. Good job guys!

  • jdcarling

    Does Valletta, Malta have any accessibility rules?