The future is digital, and as a country that propels its economy forward by looking beyond the horizon, Malta has been among the first European countries to invest its talent and resources in creating the Nomad Residence Permit. The idea behind this permit, launched in June of last year, is to offer a temporary stay permit for digital nomads.
Traditionally, the association between individuals and buildings was solely a functional one, where a house was built with four walls and a roof and, hey presto, job done. A new generation of architects have a different image of buildings that go way beyond just providing a roof over our heads. They aim to not only produce a practical structure, but also to create housing that will nurture and encourage community living.
Welcome Büro Ole Scheeren, an international design studio that practices architecture, urbanism and research, And they have certainly packed a lot of thought-provoking architecture into those five years with some exciting, global projects and German Ole Scheeren, founder of Büro OS, has become a huge success with his experimental architecture.
The front facade is subtle and signified, a car port that fits elegantly into the overall aesthetic. There’s no sense of it being an afterthought or add-on, as is all too often the case with car ports or other external aspects of the house. It’s flanked on two sides with reinforced ferro-concrete walls, with a flat surface of wood and glass to the back – the three elements coming together to create not just an ideal shelter but also the perfect frame. The sleek lines and low profile give the front of the house an unassuming and modest appearance; this isn’t a house that could ever be accused of arrogance or ostentation.
Everyone knows that the Alps are Europe’s best winter playground, but when summer comes around and the snows melt, the jagged mountain range says hello to blue skies, warm temperatures and flower-filled meadows. So, ever fancied investing in an apartment in a resort that offers guaranteed snow in the winter and an 18-hole golf course in the summer? Well, read on.
It’s official – Malta has the best climate on earth.
Malta was one of two countries that were tied for first place with the title of Best Climate, according to the Quality of Life Index issued by the International Living magazine last year. Sharing top honours was Zimbabwe.
Yet a Mediterranean climate (over 5 hours of sunshine a day) isn’t all that Malta has to offer. Malta’s many other virtues in the 9 categories of the IL index combined to earn it 3rd place overall in the Index, pipped to the post by the U.S. and New Zealand. That ranking speaks volumes for the size of Malta’s quality offering relative to the island’s land mass of just 122 square miles.
We ask David Giraud Chairman MGM Constructeur to give us the heads up when it comes to the perfect ski property.
There’s an inordinate amount of competition amongst developers in the Alps – how do your developments stand out from the crowd?
MGM is renowned for high quality and exceptional locations within resorts, villages and towns in the French Alps. You only need to visit some of our developments to see the local quality materials used such as wood, stone, granite that really make our properties stand out. Then there are the locations, we take a lot of care to build in great locations close to the skiing and activities that these areas have to offer.
Famed as the European spiritual home of snowboarding, its ultra fast speed-skiing paths, and Eurostar link to London, Paradiski makes a mockery of its Alpine counterparts – but the real joy of Paradiski is that the paparazzi don’t get in the way of the fun.
Located in the Tarentaise Valley high in the French Alps, Paradiski is one of the largest snow-sure ski areas in the world. Between the resorts of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne there is uninterrupted skiing on 425 km of runs served by an impressive network of lifts, including the famous Vanoise Express cable car that links Les Arcs and La Plagne. The bubble lift only takes 4 minutes to cover the 2km separating the two resorts.