Hotel Kazbeg / ROOMS

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Architects: ROOMS
Location: Stepantsminda,
Architect In Charge: Goga Chxetia
Area: 8200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Irakli Buishvili

Gudou Plaza / Andrey Ukolov + Ekaterina Osipova

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Architects: Andrey Ukolov,
Location: Sukhumi, Abkhazia
Area: 5300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Andrey Ukolov

Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: ,
Design Team: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Gerard Loozekoot with Frans van Vuure and Filippo Lodi, Roman Kristesiashvili, Tina Kortmann, Wendy van der Knijff, Kristoph Nowak, Machiel Wafelbakker, Gustav Fagerström, Thomas Harms, Deepak Jawahar, Nils Saprovskis, Patrik Noome
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nakanimamasakhlisi

Southern States Outlaw LEED Building Standards

1315 Peachtree, in Atlanta, achieved Platinum Certification. However, will newer buildings in be held to the same standards? . Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

The US Green Building Council’s federally adopted LEED certification system has come under legislative siege with lobbyists from the timber, plastics and chemical industries crying out, “monopoly!” Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama have lead efforts to ban LEED, claiming the USGBC’s closed-door approach and narrow-minded material interests have shut out stakeholders in various industries that could otherwise aid in the sustainable construction of environmentally-sensitive buildings.

Most recently, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, slipped in a last minute amendment to both the Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation appropriation bills stating no tax money may be used to require implementation of any green building certification system other than a system that:

‘Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation’ Exhibition

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Taking place now until June 30 at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the ‘Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation’ exhibition pays tribute to Saarinen’s brief yet brilliant career, in which he designed numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including recognizable icons like the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, and Dulles Airport in Washington DC. Also breaking new ground by shedding light on a little known chapter of Saarinen’s secret professional life during World War II, the exhibit highlights the architect’s work and a study of the design principles he followed. For more information, please visit here.

Fuel Station + McDonalds / Giorgi Khmaladze

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Architects: Giorgi Khmaladze
Location: Batumi,
Architect In Charge: Giorgi Khmaladze (Khmaladze Architects)
Client: Socar
Structural Engineering: Capiteli
Mep: Gulfstream
Mcd Standards: Archange & Schloffer
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Giorgi Khmaladze

2013 Douglas C. Allen Lecture: Adriaan Geuze

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This year’s Douglas C. Allen Lecture, presented by the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, features Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. Founded in 1987, West 8 is an award-winning international office which has established itself as a leading practice within the last 20 years with about 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and industrial engineersThe event takes place Wednesday, March 6th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium. For more details about the event, please visit here

Lazika / Architects of Invention


Architects: Architects of Invention
Team: Niko Japaridze, Gogiko Sakvarelidze, Ivane Ksnelashvili, Dato Canava, Eka Kankava, Nika Maisuradze, David Dolidze, Eka Rekhviashvili, PM Devi Kituashvili
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2012

TBC Bank Headquarters Competition Entry / Studio Kalamar

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The proposal for the TBC Bank Headquarters by Studio Kalamar is composed of new facades, a vestibule, and a new landscape design to transform it from an old military headquarters building. Main volumes are enfolded in a skin of triangular glass elements of four similar shades of glass, each with a 2° difference of declination from a vertical plane of the façade, and each in a different direction. These fragments are reflections of the sky into many crystalline elements, producing a very dynamic effect. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

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


TBC Bank Headquarters / Architects of Invention

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Taking the place of the existing building complex that was built in the 70th century for the Soviet Military Headquarters of the Caucasus region, the TBC Bank Headquarters strives towards being an oasis, representing both a nourishing source but also a sense of rescue. Designed by Architects of Invention, their second prize winning proposal offers visitors an experience, a discovery of boundless resource within secure parameters. Visitors enter through the building’s opening, like a key entering a lock, and a lush and fertile oasis appears before them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Public Service Hall / de Architekten Cie. + HL Architecture

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de Architekten Cie. and Lada Hršak from HL Architecture recently won the competition for the Public Service Hall in . Held by The Ministry of Justice of , the project supports the countrywide reform for renewal of public services. Their design proposes an elevated square being the roof of the building to connect the public space with the roof auditorium which becomes the new civic place for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘SEAT’ Public Pavilion / E/B Office


Composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface, the ‘SEAT’ public pavilion, by E/B Office, is a recently completed winning entry for this year’s Flux Project in Freedom Park. Located in , the chairs are drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground. Sitting is perhaps the most common condition from which we experience architecture. Whether we work, relax, watch, eat, sleep, or talk to each other, sitting is at the core of our relationship to buildings.  Therefore, this project formalizes the transformation of chairs from detached useable objects into structural and spatial components of an ambiguously occupiable edifice. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ninotsminda Border Checkpoint / Luka Machablishvili

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The Border Checkpoint Terminal in , Georgia is a modern two storied building with a total area of 1.78 hectares and is located between the old custom building and border. Designed by Luka Machablishvili, the project considers all modern and necessary requirements, both in visual and functional terms, which will make for maximum comfort for consumers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: New Parliament of Georgia / CMD Ingenieros

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Architects: CMD Ingenieros
Location: ,
Year of Construction: 2011-2012
Design Team: Alberto Domingo Cabo – PhD in Structural Engineering , Carlos Lázaro Fernández – PhD in Structural Engineering, Juliane Petri – Civil Engineer. Master’s Degree in Land Use Planning, Francisco Palacios Climent – Civil Engineer
Client: Kutaisi City Hall
Surface: 45,000 sqm
Budget: 82,000,000 €
Photographs: Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros


Ministry of Justice

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Architects: Architects of Invention
Location: K. GamsakhurdiaSqu, Ozurgeti,
Design Team: Niko Japaridze, Gogiko Sakvarelidze, Dato Canava, Eka Kankava, Eka Rekhviashvili, Viliana Guliashvili, Nika Maisuradze, David Dolidze, Soso Eliava, PM Devi Kituashvili
Budget: $2 million
Client: Ministry of Justice Georgia
Area: 3638.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nakani Mamasakhlisi photo lab

Head of the Roads Department of Georgia / J. Mayer H

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: , Georgia
Design Team: Jürgen Mayer H., Paul Angelier, Danny te Kloese
Completion: 2012
Client: PM Motors Ltd.
Photographs: Jesko M. Johnsson – Zahn


Instant City: New City Lazika, Anaklia Region, Georgia

Just over four months ago, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia announced a plan to build a new city named in the Anaklia Region of northwest Georgia.  The news was driven by the desire to propel Georgia into a world market with an identity for the economic trade hub that its geographic location warrants.  Aside from a promotional video and a few scattered images on various Georgian websites, little has been exposed about the master plan that will give birth to the economic engine on the coast of the Black Sea, which leaves many wondering if this new city will in fact be built to solve Georgia’s economic and social problems.

According to a New York Times article by Ellen Barry, On Black Sea Swamp, Big Plans for Instant City, interviews with Georgian citizens indicate a variety of opinions about the viability of this “Instant City”. While some are excited about the prospect of a city strewn with skyscrapers, advanced infrastructure, and glitzy hotels, others warn of the design challenges and flaws associated with building in the Anaklia Region, which Barry describes as “a stretch of marshy land”. But looking at the city from the perspective of urban design, many critics, from Lewis Mumford to Jane Jacobs will agree that the complex social, economic and political characteristics of a city develop over time, and most effectively when they occur organically after a series of trials and errors as a city develops its identity. Historically successful cities have acquired their identities not by spontaneous rapid growth but by the personalities of its citizens, planners, economists and politicians over many years.  What is striking about this planning of Lazika, indicated by Barry’s report, is that “only one official is working on the planning of Lazika full time” with 10 to 15 part time workers, and the idea “came to President Mikheil Saakashvili just over four months ago while researching the China’s development”.

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