The building is heavily constructed in local globigerina limestone. It is wholly passively cooled. There is no artificial cooling, in fact no mechanical ventilation at all. The building night ventilates itself very effectively by the judicious opening and closing of vents, triggered by a small computer connected to numerous sensors and a rooftop weather station.

The building is designed to defend itself against Saharan sandstorms in September and typhoon-like rainfall in February. Our brief was to collect any drop of water falling on the building, which we do, except at the peak of the February deluges. Water is very precious in Malta.

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