The ANTIPORTA is an inner door prevalent in Maltese homes – which simultaneously provides privacy and accessibility to those finding themselves on either side. This often-overlooked architectural characteristic is rapidly disappearing from our architectural landscape. This ANTIPORTA is the subject of research work and an exhibition by Chris Briffa Architects at the Venice Architecture Biennale (May to November 2018), and Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier in Malta (7th Dec 2018 to 3rd Feb 2019).
Chris Briffa Architects, a practice based in the heart of Valletta, Malta strives to be a contemporary ambassador that does not forget where it comes from. Already a similar award-winning project (https://www.gallarija.com/) has been carried out by the architecture studio in 2013, studying the marriage of the traditional ‘gallarija’ (closed balcony), with contemporary archetypes.
This new ANTIPORTA project brings together a group of creatives with interests across media, to tackle this piece as a study, to examine its social and physical functions, document its passage over time, and imagine which direction the antiporta might be heading in.
ANTIPORTA is part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture Cultural Programme (Valletta Design Cluster), and the Spazju Kreattiv programme. The project is supported by the Project Support Grant, Malta Arts Fund – Arts Council Malta, and produced in collaboration with Camilleri Paris Mode and Halmann Vella.
Creative Director: Chris Briffa. Curator: Andrew Borg Wirth. Artist & Videographer: David Zammit. Project Coordinator: Louise Spokes. Architectural Assistant: Katrina Galea. Research & PR: Lisa Gwen Baldacchino