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Georgia's Kutaisi Airport Taps UNStudio for Terracing Expansion Just 4 Years After its Opening

12:00 - 27 November, 2017

Less than five years after the opening of Georgia’s Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport, rapidly increasing usage (from 12,915 passengers a year in 2012 to more than 300,000 in 2016) has prompted the airport to begin plans for an expansion that could serve as many as 1,000,000 passengers by 2020.

To achieve these goals, the airport has returned to the architects who designed the original structure, UNStudio (with local architects Artstudio Project), to develop a unique airport concept featuring terraced waiting areas and a rooftop viewing garden.

© VA-render © VA-render © VA-render Photo of the existing Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport / UNStudio. Image © Nakani Mamasakhlisi + 9

Kutaisi ‘King David the Builder’ International Airport / UNStudio

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
© Nakanimamasakhlisi
© Nakanimamasakhlisi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kutaisi, Georgia
  • 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
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Nakanimamasakhlisi © Nakanimamasakhlisi © Nakanimamasakhlisi © Nakanimamasakhlisi + 16

In Progress: New Parliament of Georgia / CMD Ingenieros

18:00 - 26 June, 2012
Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros
Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros

Architects: CMD Ingenieros Location: Kutaisi, Georgia 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

Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros Courtesy of CMD Ingenieros + 18

Kutaisi Airport / UNStudio

09:30 - 5 January, 2012
© UNStudio
© UNStudio

We are continually impressed by the variety of projects from UNStudio’s office. The firm just unveiled a new vertical city highrise for Singapore previously featured on AD, and recently, the Dutch studio’s international air terminal and traffic control tower for Kutaisi was officially presented by Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia. The country is growing quickly and changing rapidly, with new tourist and economic activity, plus different political developments. As such, the design for the new airport seeks to showcase Georgia new identity by providing a contemporary gateway to the country.

More about the airport after the break.