Villa Bighi is one of the most iconic buildings overlooking the Grand Harbour. It is surrounded by the imposing forts of Ricasoli, St Elmo and St Angelo. Villa Bighi was built in 1675 during the rule of the Knights of St John by Fra Giovanni Bichi on the designs of renowned Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà. Additions to the building in the early 19th Century have given it a neo-classical look. Originally planned to be a summer residence, it was transformed into Royal Naval Hospital Bighi by the British. In the 1970s, the Royal Navy left the building for the last time and Villa Bighi stopped serving as a hospital. It is now the head office for the Malta Council for Science and Technology.