From Vision to Reality
When Matthew founded the firm in 2003, he had a vision of creating a practice that would carry projects from the early stages of concept development right through to their user-ready state. Since the company’s early days, MJMDA has consistently succeeded in committing to and delivering user-relevant and user-enhancing architectural solutions.
But the journey hasn’t been a walk in the park. The prevalent approach to architecture in Malta has been a fragmented one for such a long time that it is ingrained in the industry on the island. The effect is that an architect’s work is, more often than not, solely concerned with the creation of the shell rather than the architecture as a whole. The architect – or ‘Perit’ in Maltese – works within artificially constructed limitations in which he or she is only involved in the structural and permits-driven side of the process. This approach to architecture falls short of its mandate for people.
The MJMDA team breaks the mould in Malta. We consider the entire life cycle of the building and the project as well as the full spectrum of our capabilities as designers, architects, managers and creators. We offer real solutions that enhance personal and professional lives.
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Location: St. Julians
Bright tones were introduced through furniture that contrasts with the exposed concrete ceiling and raised grey flooring. The intention here was to create an illusion of floating particles in space. Dark blue gradients into light blue to create greater depth and a sense of infinity of surfaces. The project composition, though, centres on a particular element: the square. It is the square that evolves into a cube within the digital space, and it determines the geometry of the main pieces of furniture, the lamps and sound-absorbing materials. Under the absence of gravity, materials and masses in the offices move in a non-homogenous way, occupying the three dimensions within the space. Then, the cube rotates, breaks against the wall’s flat surface and transforms into a two-dimensional hexagon. Completing the illusion, the circle elicits a sense of speed, sport and dream-like, celestial bodies. Testimonial: “Working with MJMDA was a super experience from beginning to end. From the very first day, the team committed to the project with passion. We had great interactions and debates during the design phase, but the best was yet to come in the implementation phase. The project management was possibly the strongest point as there were certainly some tricky moments to overcome during the project’s lifetime. MJMDA showed the highest level of professionalism, capability and commitment to creating the Altenar premises to the highest standard and on time.” – Mr Dinos Stranomitis, Altenar Ltd. Photography: Peter M Mercieca
Nubis Business Centre
When people collaborate, they become greater than the sum of the group’s individual parts. Consequently, the space in which they work should inspire greatness. In the embrace of sound architecture, people flourish and their ability to focus and collaborate is enhanced. In Limber Lattice, the architecture was designed integrally, structuring the exterior and interior in a dexterous swipe. The unmissable grid on the façade optimises every aspect of the building. It is strung between two opposing walls to create spaces and volumes that inspire greatness and confidence. For more information about working in these superb offices, visit <a href="https://nu-bis.com/">https://nu-bis.com/</a> Photography: Peter M Mercieca Interiors in collaboration with Mr. Nathan Martin
Working Woods Offices
On this project, the MJMDA team created an entire ecosystem based on functional layout and high-quality materials. This is where people can balance their wellbeing with performing at the height of their potential. Photography: Peter M Mercieca
The complete design is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Filtering through this pliable mass, the forces of nature and the movements of the residents and visitors mingle. As you enter, the vertical masses that support the concrete staircase are eye-catching and bring the solidity of rock inside. Timber streams throughout the space. A wooden storage spot for coats and shoes flows into a seat and a decorative lamp, eventually rolling into an open library and finishing at the TV and multi-media unit. The lounge area is a haven of calmness. It draws on colour to stir the imagination, kicking up images of lavender fields with soft, delicate touches of white, blue-grey and green. The kitchen is clean but still infused by nature. A timber wall serves as the main hub in the kitchen, providing room for storage and cooking and the central island completes the ideal kitchen triangle – perfectly situated and with ample space for food preparation and long, slow breakfasts on a Sunday. The master bedroom transports its users to faraway lands. This is the place to dream. We used Eastern influences and selected a palette that varies from warm, timber flooring and orange and blue hues, to patterned and decorative elements in the carpeted reading zone. The bed is a custom-made, contemporary four-poster. Using a smart soffit detail, we draped a curtain softly around the bed to assist in creating an atmosphere of complete peace. Leading off from the bedroom are a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, separated from the bedroom by floor-to-ceiling, patterned frosted glass. Photography: Peter M Mercieca
Location: San Pawl Tat-Targa
The front of the house opens onto a vibrant pool, deck and al fresco dining area with striking views. This is a place for enjoyment and for living in the here and now. The back garden is more secluded, so we designed it to nurture a more tranquil connection with nature. This is where time stands still and calmness is of the essence. Residents can sit back, rest and contemplate the past, present and future. The materials used were carefully selected to reflect these ideas and sensations. Timber is used throughout the property to bring nature indoors and facilitate a connection with the earth. Transitioning to the outside, we used a graded shade of wood to open up onto the natural light outdoors. After discussions with our client, we decided to make the property a functionally flexible space. We did so by designing moveable elements, like the sliding unit that is a mobile divider between the kitchen and the living and dining areas. Even the entrance hall contains a moveable unit that has the unique effect of adding variety to the links between key spaces on the property. Photography: Peter M Mercieca
Carcass City Bar
The MJMDA project team built on the building’s existing character. They peeled back the layers and revealed the real charm of the space. The bar’s lights, structure, organisation and rhythm play together to create a perfectly synthesised design. Photography: Peter M Mercieca
Location: San Gwann
The design reaches its zenith in the lounge space, where bright shapes slide into each other. The bar is in the foreground, with bottles lining the walls and leading deep into a brightly lit crevice. This is a dynamic space, where contours and structures feel like they shift and move around. The MJMDA designers excelled in their manipulation of light on the Raw Edge property. Cosy nooks are hidden away, but the glow of light grows ever more inviting the closer you get. This is a space that radiates peace, passion and love.
Architecture is so much more than a chaotic by-product of necessity.
The spaces in which we spend most of our lives should feel like an extension of ourselves. When creating a bespoke product, a cut-and-paste approach simply doesn’t cut it.
At MJMDA, we choose integration over fragmentation. We design holistically.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, each piece of the process is crucial but never as meaningful as when part of the whole. Framing a project as a whole is crucial to smooth implementation and a successful, user-relevant and user-enhancing outcome. From beginning to end, our multidisciplinary team covers all aspects of concept creation, implementation and finishing for you.
We innovate to excel and evolve.
We work through a lens of human-centred innovation. Pioneering the services we offer keeps MJMDA at the forefront of professional services in architecture.
You’ll find us at the frontline of the latest design tools and software, international trends and developments in manufacturing and equipment. This is how we develop well-considered, cutting-edge products of life-changing substance and visionary style.
Our innovative drive and transparent processes have earned us the priceless trust of the clients, contractors and artisans with whom we collaborate. Our sound reputation and iconic projects have also been written about locally and internationally in the cultural press as well as academic journals and magazines.
Working with MJMDA was a great experience all the way. I still remember the day we first discussed the project and the passion MJMDA committed. Great interaction and debate during the design phase but still, the best was the implementation part. The project management was possibly the strong point and even in some difficult moments, MJMDA showed a high level of professionalism, capability, and commitment to deliver the ALTENAR premises at best quality and on time.