Sarpi Border Checkpoint

Sarpi border checkpoint is an architectural equivalent of a first impression. As a testament to this building being the entering point to Georgia, shape of the watchtower is inspired by the georgian lettering. \ The customs hall for leaving Georgia is located closer to the seaside, than the one for entering the country and The duty free shop resides alongside to it. \ The interior design is minimalistic in terms of both, forms and colors, amplifying the focus on functionality. \ Architect's note: 'This project came with tight deadline and required meticulously thought-out planning of construction process, as it had to be put to use before the final completion of the building. Implementing interior design was particularly fulfilling experience for me. \ My involvement in Sarpi border checkpoint and Mestia Airport projects served as a stepping stone for me, in terms of working independently as an architect and being more audacious in executing my personal architectural concepts that seemed way more challenging before.'

CREDITS Architecture: J Mayer H. Architecture Team: Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn / Christoph Emenlauer Architects on Site: Beka Pkhakadze [STIPFOLD] / Ucha Tsotseria Copywriter: Mika Motskobili [STIPFOLD] Photographers: Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn / Beka Pkhakadze [STIPFOLD] Location: Sarpi / Georgia Type: Public Architecture Year: 2011 Client: Ministry of Finance of Georgia Building Company: JSC Transmsheni Structural Engineering of Tower: Nodar Edisherashvili Status: Completed

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