Villino Ellul or Villa Ellul is a Modernist villa in Ta' Xbiex, Malta. It was designed and built in the 1930s by the architect Salvatore Ellul as his personal villa, and it was one of the first Modernist buildings to be built on the island. The building has been restored and converted into offices, and it is now known as Dixcart House.

Villino Ellul
Alternative namesVilla Ellul
Dixcart House
General information
TypeHouse (now offices)
Architectural styleModernist
LocationTa' Xbiex, Malta
Address2, Sir Augustus Bartolo Street
Coordinates35°54′4.4″N 14°29′41.9″E / 35.901222°N 14.494972°E / 35.901222; 14.494972
Current tenantsDixcart Management Malta Ltd
Technical details
Floor count2
Design and construction
Architect(s)Salvatore Ellul
Renovating team
Architect(s)Paul Camilleri & Associates

History edit

Villino Ellul was built in 1937–38 by the architect Salvatore Ellul as his personal villa. Ellul and his family moved out of the building when World War II broke out, since the location was prone to air raids given its proximity to Marsamxett Harbour. However, the building escaped aerial bombardment and survived the war intact.[1]

The building was restored by Paul Camilleri & Associates in 2010, and it was converted into offices.[2] It now houses Dixcart Management Malta Limited, and it is therefore known as Dixcart House.[3]

Villino Ellul was scheduled as a Grade 2 building in 2012.[4]

Architecture edit

Villino Ellul is one of the earliest Modernist buildings in Malta,[5] and it was an avant-garde building by local standards, not least since it is located in a neighbourhood containing many classical or Art Deco houses. The building shows inspiration from the work of Le Corbusier, Charles Holden and the Italian Rationalists.[1][6]

The building uses sharp lines and delicate curves, and it has a white finish devoid of any applied ornamentation. The villa includes a cantilevered reinforced concrete semi-circular terrace around part of the façade.[4]

Ellul also designed the building's interior as well as details such as the doors, railings and other finishes.[4] The building's interior shows some Art Deco influences.[1]

Mark G. Muscat stated that the Villino Ellul is "one of the earliest examples of the International Style in Malta", in which "the close collaboration between Charles Holden (1875-1960) and Ellul is evident".[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Muscat, Mark Geoffrey (2016). "New Ideas, New Materials, New Possibilities". Maltese Architecture 1900–1970: Progress and Innovations. Valletta: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. pp. 83–85. ISBN 978-99909-3-206-5.
  2. ^ "Portfolio" (PDF). Paul Camilleri & Associates. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Malta Office". Dixcart. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Villa Ellul in Ta' Xbiex". Times of Malta. 20 September 2012. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019.
  5. ^ Said, Edward (29 August 2011). "Preservation of modernist architecture". Times of Malta. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019.
  6. ^ Hughes, Quentin; Thake, Conrad (2005). Malta, War & Peace: An Architectural Chronicle 1800–2000. Midsea Books Ltd. p. 150. ISBN 9789993270553.

External links edit

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