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I have many pictures with the traditional Maltese balconies but I prefer to show something new. I was fascinated with this new modern building amidst old Valletta architecture. I have found it is a nwe Parliament House.

The Parliament House is the meeting place of the Parliament of Malta located in Valletta, Malta. The building was designed by Renzo Piano and opened on 4 May 2015. It cost more than €90 million to build.
From 1921 to 1976, the meeting place of the Parliament of Malta had been the Tapestry Chamber of the Grandmaster's Palace, also in Valletta. In 1976, the former armoury of the same palace was converted into a new parliament, and meetings were held there until the opening of the purpose-built Parliament House in 2015.
The building of the Parliament House formed part of the City Gate project, which was meant to redevelop the entrance of Valletta. The project consisted of the demolition of the fourth City Gate and the Freedom Square Arcade, and the building of the fifth City Gate and the Parliament House instead. In addition, the ruins of the Royal Opera House were converted into an open-air theatre known as Pjazza Teatru Rjal. The City Gate project was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, and the plans were revealed on 27 June 2009. Piano was paid €6.6 million for his work on the project.
The Parliament House was officially inaugurated by President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca on 4 May 2015. Members of Parliament and other guests gathered at the old chamber at the Grandmaster's Palace, and walked to the new building accompanied by the police force band.
What do you think about it? Piano's masterpiece or failure?

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