susannah farrugia


  1. il-ġebla 
  2. somewhere in the mediterranean
  3. backpacking south east asia: coming soon
  4. ongoing travelogue
  5. commissions


  1. the architecture of inhabitation
  2. a living city: co-creating our human habitat
  3. the magic of temporality & fleetingness
  4. the network of resources
  5. the garden as therapy
  6. rituals in rock & clay
  7. the school beneath the hills
  8. contemporary boathouse 
  9. valletta power station
  10. lab / prototype
  11. matter make
  12. playscape


  1. eros in transgression @ re:easa
  2. cairn @ easa tourist
  3. day night day night day
  4. skalda


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susannah is a maltese architectural designer who graduated from the university of malta with a special interest in social architecture, spatial agency & inhabitation.

in her photography, she shoots a mix of 35mm film & digital.

susannah enjoys travelling but is just as happy exploring her homeland. a collector of rocks, books, vinyl & dried flowers, her other interests include hiking & cooking (but more so eating).

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© 2020-2024 susannah farrugia


10. lab / prototype


m. arch. y1 s1

            student house as a lab / prototype. innovative outputs from the lab return to the building & shape it such that it becomes a prototype. redefining innovation.
in collaboration with alessia deguara & gabrielle farrugia

from boundary to interface

flexibility, change & growth: planes which can be moved / rotated but also detached & replaced with materials or products created by university students in the labs & workshop spaces. thus the student house becomes a living testing ground & a showcase for innovation.

in transforming the boundary into an interface, we chose to retain the columns & beams, the main entrance as it acts as a landmark, the ditch wall around the perimeter which is a distinctive feature of the building, as well existing slabs & walls where needed.

the central courtyard was re-instated (after its enclosure in the last few decades).

these elements were our focus in order to ensure legibility of the building while meeting the needs of functionality & privacy for the proposed programme.

thus the proposed building emerged as a hybrid of new & old. an additional slab was inserted at a new in-between level while still respecting the existing structural order & solid-void rhythm on the facade. 

new materials were used to demarcate proposed additons, namely steel beams to support the new slab & steel columns to extend the building structure vertically.

plan & programme

vertical circulation through central courtyard 

collage of interior: eating & relaxing area

collage of interior: discussion / meeting space

collage of exterior: materiality

northern (top) & western (bottom)  elevations

experimental physical model