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Should Gozo’s Azure Window be rebuilt IN STEEL?

It was once one of the most famous landmarks in the Maltese Islands.

And now, more than 18 months after it dramatically collapsed into the sea, an architect has unveiled ambitious plans to rebuild the Azure Window at Dwejra in Gozo.

Svetozar Andreev, who owns St Petersburg-based architecture firm Hotei Russia, wants to re-create the iconic arch using highly polished mirrors and steel.

He claimed the new structure, which he dubbed The Heart of Malta, could be used as a grand exhibition space or conference centre.

He added: ‘Within this form we have designed over 5,000 square meters of exhibition space laid out over five spiral floors, with a dynamic laser show in which each spiral step represents one thousand years of Maltese history.

‘It will be a perfect monument and symbol of the fusion of modernity and nature, of time and history, and a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit.’

The iconic limestone arch – which starred in several blockbuster films and hundreds of holidays postcards – crashed into the sea during a storm in March last year.

Read more: Hotei Russia