Two buildings of Fort Cambridge Apartments (white-green colour) and the former Hotel Fortina (orange colour)
Two buildings of Fort Cambridge Apartments (white-green colour) and the former Hotel Fortina (orange colour)

Since Malta's Independence in 1964, there has been a rapid increase in buildings all over the country. However, most of the urban areas are concentrated around the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour areas where some of the country's most busy places are situated; Sliema, Saint Julian's, Paceville, Msida, Gżira, Ta' Xbiex and Pietà.

As cars and road transport grew more and more popular in the country, the population started to spread out to farther areas and nowadays some other urban areas have developed; Saint Paul's Bay (including Qawra, Buġibba and Xemxija) and Mellieħa in the North, whilst having Marsaskala and the Malta Freeport area in the South of the country.

Some of the tall buildings in Malta, such as the Metropolis Plaza in Gżira, are still under construction. The highest structure ever built in Malta was the Delimara Power Station chimney, standing 150 metres (490 ft) above ground, until its demolition in 2017–18.[1]

Tallest buildings in Malta

The list includes buildings (above 50 m (164 ft)) in Malta.

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year Use Location
1 Portomaso Business Tower[2]
35°55′18.9″N 14°29′31.5″E / 35.921917°N 14.492083°E / 35.921917; 14.492083
97.54 m (320 ft) 23 2000 Office Saint Julian's
2 14 East
77 m (253 ft) 21 2019 Residential Gżira
3 Fort Cambridge Apartments South[3]
72.94 m (239 ft) 20 2012 Residential Sliema
4 Fort Cambridge Apartments North[4]
69.29 m (227 ft) 19 2012 Residential Sliema
5 Hotel Fortina & Fortina Spa Resort[5]
62 m (203 ft) 17 Hotel Sliema
6 Pendergardens residential tower
59 m (194 ft) 16 2019 Residential Saint Julian's
7 InterContinental Malta[6]
35°55′25.8″N 14°29′17.5″E / 35.923833°N 14.488194°E / 35.923833; 14.488194
55.51 m (182 ft) 15 2003 Hotel Saint Julian's
8 The Preluna Hotel and Towers[7]
35°54′48.0″N 14°30′22.9″E / 35.913333°N 14.506361°E / 35.913333; 14.506361
51.06 m (168 ft) 14 1969/1990 Hotel Sliema
9 Q1 Tigne Point[8]
51 m (167 ft) 14 2018 Residential Sliema
10 Q2 Tigne Point[9]
51 m (167 ft) 14 2018 Residential Sliema

Churches

The list includes churches (above 50 m (164 ft)) in Malta.

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Year Location
1 Rotunda of Xewkija[10]
36°1′54.2″N 14°15′40″E / 36.031722°N 14.26111°E / 36.031722; 14.26111
75 m (246 ft) 1973 Xewkija
2 Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel[11]
35°54′00.7″N 14°30′44.3″E / 35.900194°N 14.512306°E / 35.900194; 14.512306
73.17 m (240 ft) 1958 Valletta
3 St Paul's Pro-Cathedral[12]
35°54′1.89″N 14°30′41.96″E / 35.9005250°N 14.5116556°E / 35.9005250; 14.5116556
63 m (207 ft) 1844 Valletta

Buildings planned or under construction

Rank Name Image Height
m (ft)
Floors Status Use Location
1 Mercury Tower 122m (400ft) 33 Under Construction [Topped out] Residential St. Julian's
2 PX Tower[13] 120 m (394 ft) 33 Planned [Proposed] Mixed-Use St. Julian's
3 DB Tower[14] 109m (357ft)   31 Planned [Approved][15] Residential Saint Julian's
4 Metropolis Plaza Tower 1[16]
35°54′02.6″N 14°29′30.4″E / 35.900722°N 14.491778°E / 35.900722; 14.491778
106 m (348 ft) 33 Planned/shelved? [Approved] Residential Gżira
5 Townsquare Tower 90m (295 ft) 27 Under Construction Residential Sliema
6 Metropolis Plaza Tower 2[17]
35°54′02.6″N 14°29′30.4″E / 35.900722°N 14.491778°E / 35.900722; 14.491778
87 m (285 ft) 27 Planned/shelved? [Approved] Residential Gżira
7 The Quad Mriehel Tower East 81m (266ft) 21 Under Construction Office Birkirkara
8 Metropolis Plaza Tower 3[18]
35°54′02.6″N 14°29′30.4″E / 35.900722°N 14.491778°E / 35.900722; 14.491778
56 m (184 ft) 13 Planned [Approved] Residential Gżira

Further reading

References

  1. ^ "From 50 storeys to ground level: Delimara chimney reaches rock bottom". Times of Malta. 10 September 2018. Archived from the original on 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Portomaso Business Tower, Saint Julian's | 136726 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  3. ^ "Fort Cambridge Apartments South Tower, Sliema | 1246213 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  4. ^ "Fort Cambridge Apartments North Tower, Sliema | 1246225 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  5. ^ "Hotel Fortina, Sliema | 1246214 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  6. ^ "InterContinental Malta, Saint Julian's | 231910 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  7. ^ "The Preluna Hotel and Towers, Sliema | 111014 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  8. ^ Q1 Tigne Point - Emporis
  9. ^ Q2 Tigne Point - Emporis
  10. ^ "St John the Baptist Basilica, Valletta | 1210883 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  11. ^ "Carmelite Church, Valletta | 337956 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  12. ^ "Anglican Cathedral of St. Paul, Valletta | 337955 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  13. ^ "Paceville: 33-storey 'sleek' tower to rival high Mercury House". MaltaToday.com.mt. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  14. ^ "db TOWER Malta". dbtowermalta.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  15. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "LIVE: PA approves 38-storey db Group tower by 10 votes to four". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  16. ^ "Metropolis Plaza Tower 1, Gzira | 338397 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  17. ^ "Metropolis Plaza Tower 2, Gzira | 338398 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  18. ^ "Metropolis Plaza Tower 3, Gzira | 338399 | EMPORIS". emporis.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.