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My name is Martina Salomone, I am based in Malta, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and hail from a family of artists and also from a tradition of building material importers for generations. My growing passion for art, from a very young age, led me to pursue my interest towards art and design.

During the years of employment with the family firm, I earned extensive knowledge and experience in building materials and their applications, while also being given the responsibility to oversee the operations of the marble and granite factory at the firm, seeing to both sales and implementing projects for our clients.

My passion for the building and design industry led me to attend a three-month course in Interior Design at a local design school, this was followed by beginning my own practice as a Freelance Project Manager, assisting architects, designers and contractors, whilst also taking on my own initiated design projects for clients. Due to my great interest in the Architecture and Design sector and my aspiration to take my studies to a higher level, I enrolled for a BA Honours Degree course in Interior Architecture and Design at IDI, an online study course, which is affiliated to the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.

As a practitioner, my focus lies in adaptive re-use and the restructuring of an existing interior space to create better environments to accommodate the human activity within. My creative solutions and innovative ideas of combining the “old with the new” optimise the interior space to improve user experience and functionality of space as required. My aim is to ensure empathy to the local community and environment of the existing site.

Taking into consideration sustainable design as one of my key features in my work, inclusive of natural materials, my interest also lies in implementing green design as well as re-purposing items and materials that complement the characteristics of an existing site, whilst also adapting an innovative design style and suitable colour palette to enhance the interior scheme. My knowledge of materials and finishes, combined with the understanding of aesthetics, create the atmosphere and mood of an environment to meet the user’s needs.

The design proposal for my final thesis Interior Architecture and Design project is within an existing site, known as Australia Hall, located in the North of the island of Malta. It has a very interesting history and is currently yearning for restoration. It has the potential to generate a functional and creative solution for a new purpose. Its exterior fabric and structure is still intact, except for a ceiling, which experienced a fire in the past, and so this selected site shall only require augmented elements and interventions to allow this site to be the ideal premises for Contemporary Art Space’s Art Gallery venue.

This design proposal is versatile and flexible and aims to ensure a balanced spatial design layout that maximises the given space for the intended gallery. It provides for the dynamism, richness, eclecticism and contemporary nature of the abstract artworks produced and displayed within the site’s interior space, which shall attract distinctive clientele in the art world, as well as the participation of international and local renowned artists.

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