Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia / J. Mayer H. Architects

© Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn

Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: Sarpi,
Client: Ministry of Finance of Georgia
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christoph Emenlauer
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ucha Tsotseria, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze

November 2011 marks the completion of Sarpi Border Checkpoint. Designed by the customs checkpoint is situated at the Georgian border to Turkey, at the shore of the Black Sea. With its cantilevering terraces, the tower is used as a viewing platform, with multiple levels overlooking the water and the steep part of the coastline.

© Beka Pkhakadze

In addition to the regular customs facilities, the structure also houses a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room. The building welcomes visitors to Georgia, representing the progressive upsurge of the country.

Floor Plan

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Cite: "Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia / J. Mayer H. Architects" 15 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Alex Levin

    before i would have called this pretentious, but i think i’m liking abstract design more these days

  • Ariel Bizzotto

    when you fall in love with your project and there is no one around to tell you otherwise.

  • Definitely Maybe

    ეს სიმახინჯე უნდა გათხარო მაიერს უკან!

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  • HansG

    I think this is pretty great. I’d like more funky border crossings in the world.

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  • Typo Knig

    This thing makes me want to f***ing vomit. Meaningless, formalistic tripe that screams, “Look at my puddle of wannabe architectural ejaculate!”

  • Allan

    There’s something intelligent and familiar (soviet architecture) about this project and the interior images are just fine with all the ceiling lights.

    Conceptually it resembles a contracted borderline which is obvious for even simple-minded people.