Scheme will run up to 31 storeys

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans to turn a derelict tower in the Maltese coastal town of Paceville into new apartments and boutique hotel.

The lower nine storeys will house apartments, while the top 19 floors, which are rotated to give views towards the neighbouring Mediterranean, Sea, make up the boutique hotel.

The scheme will cover 24,500sq m with the new building built on top of the existing Mercury House.

Called Mercury Tower, the 31-storey scheme for local developer J Portelli Projects will also include restoring facades on the building which date back to 1903 as well as refurbishing two underground vaults created during the Cold War.

Mercury Tower Zaha

How the scheme will look when completed