architecture: how do you solve a problem like Mestia?

13 Apr

So.  You have a snow-laden town in Georgia, a country most famous for being a part of the former U.S.S.R, the trouble is they need tourists to bring in cash and to use the surplus natural resource they have – more than that the tourists they hope to attract have no way of getting to said snow-laden town.  So how do you solve a problem like the town of Mestia? Well in the same way as Bilbao which landmarked itself with a Guggenheim, and Dubai which has tried desperately to do the same with, erm, just about anything it builds . . .

The problem was solved with a remarkable architectural statement in the form of an airport.  The gorgeous structure designed by Jurgen Mayer H. Architects was completed in just 3 months which is remarkable by itself, combines the use of air traffic control tower and main airport terminal into one organic structure that flows seamlessly from mountain to building.

With the control tower seemingly leaning to one side as if bowing to fit in with its surrounding landscape this looks like one definitely to add to list of must-see’s in Georgia!

AP.

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