A fortress becomes a boutique hotel

The Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel has been transformed by DAAA Haus into a luxury facility. The project was assigned the German Design Circle Award Oro in the category Excellence for Interior Architecture

Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel
Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel

DAAA Haus is a Gold Winner of the German Design Circle Award in the category Excellence for Interior Architecture. Already a winner of many other prizes and awards, the luxury boutique hotel built in Malta in 2017 is the flagship project of the studio that this year celebrates its tenth anniversary with a series of initiatives: a gala party; a series of workshops with major universities and design talks; an exhibition with artisinal rugs designed by the Studio and made in India by hand, as well as the launch of communication campaign designed to commemorate 10 years of design.

Hall Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel
Hall Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel

Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbor is a historic fortress that dominated the port of the Maltese city of Senglea. Built in 1554 by the Knights of St. John the Macina, has been a landmark for centuries. The building was convdrted by DAAA Haus into a luxury hotel over a period of 2 years, and completed in 2017. Today it houses 21 suites, ranging from 40 to 130 square meters. The interiors are characterized by clean and essential lines, quality materials and designer signature furniture pieces. Contemporary design respects and enhances the historical structure.

La suite più grande ospita due camere e una spaziosa area living con cucina
Suite Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel

The common areas are intriguing, with large vaulted ceilings, ample natural light and open views of the harbor. The minimal design of DAAA Haus has created a refined environment in which white and bare natural limestone walls speak of volumes and exude elegance, making it unique in the world.

Camera con vista sul porto di Senglea
Room Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour Hotel

Founded in 2009 in Malta by creative director Keith Pillow, DAAA Haus has grown to accommodate 30+ young professionals from different backgrounds, from Maltese to Italian, from Serbs to Irish, passing through India, Poland, Spain and Tunisia. From their heterogeneity, ambitious projects were born, such as Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbor or Rocksalt (2015), a 19th-century garage in Sliema transformed into a modern and chic café, the first DAAA Haus project to be published in international magazines.

Suite Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour
Suite Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour

The creative versatility is also revealed through the variety of the curated projects: with Sky Spirit, the studio in 2013 gave shape to a new approach to the interior design of a fitness studio, while in 2017 it realized its first Milanese project, Bottone, a shop specializing in cannoli but that looks like a jewellery shop. In 2015, work began on a project “Made in Sicily”: it is Vullo Estate, an equestrian resort and spa that reinterprets the rooms of a historic building owned by the client family since 1870 with contemporary taste and natural materials.

Là dove si sistemavano le navi ora sorge una scala

Photo ©Elsa Allen