Tbilisi Public Service Hall / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

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Architects:  Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Location: , Georgia
Client: LEPL Civil Registry Agency – Giorgi Vashadze / LEPL National Public Registry Agency
Area: 42,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010 – 2012
Photographers: Moreno Maggi,


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The new Tbilisi Public Service Hall, designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas in Tbilisi, Georgia, was inaugurated on Friday, September 21st. The new building houses the National Bank of Georgia, the Minister of Energy, and the Civil and National Registry in a 28,000 square meter building composed of seven volumes.

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The public service building is situated in a central area of the ceiling where it overlooks the Kura River.  The seven volumes that make up the building contain offices for the different public agencies housed inside.  The volumes, which are embraced by seemingly billowing tops, are placed around a central atrium that is considered the central public space and core of the project.  The offices are connected via footbridges that stretch on different levels.

© Studio Fuksas

The penetrating rooftops of the volumes create a unique set of exterior-interior conditions.  These eleven rooftops, described as “petals”, are independent – formally and structurally – from the building.  The petals vary in geometry and dimension and are supported by steel pillars.  The structure gives the impression of being in a overgrown mushroom forest or in the midst of ancient towering trees.  These isolated forms are perceived from both the exterior and interior of the building.

© Studio Fuksas

Project Team: Emiliano Scotti (leader), Riccardo Ferrari, Matteo Malatesta
Model Makers: Nicola Cabiati
Engineering: Studio Sarti, AI Engineering
General Contractor: Huachuan Georgia Company LTD

Material: Structure: reinforced concrete and steel; “Leaves”: tridimensional steel reticular; “Leaves” coating: glass fiber and epodossic resine; Facade: structural glass and cellular glass

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Cite: "Tbilisi Public Service Hall / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas" 16 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=282545>
  • Maitha_kk kk

    What I like about this building, is the mixture of materials and the integration the linear and curvilinear forms, the material which are contrasting each other plays a beautiful role in defining different element of the building, the glass facade which is used in the linear cubic forms gives the affect of floating, specially when its seen from a distance where the surrounding water enhance that feeling, the white concrete shells adds the curvilinear part above the linear form creating a contrasting elements, the two forms are integrated beautifully together forming a balanced whole unit. what I like also, is the integration of outdoor space and indoor space, where we see the huge shells create shading device with a a really elevated ceiling.
    I think it would be perfect if they design was integrated with the surrounding site more.

  • Sandi

    oh c’mon…what is this? Someone got mushrum’d!