Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's design for the new Kutaisi Airport officially presented yesterday by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili

Antonina Ilieva by Antonina Ilieva,
23 November 2011

Kutaisi Airport Departure. Image: Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio's design for the new Transfer Terminal and Air Traffic Control Tower for Kutaisi Airport was officially presented yesterday by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who personally demolished one of the walls of the old airport yesterday announced, "We will build an international airport here, which will take aircraft from Munich, Rome, Baku and other cities as of next year."

The Netherlands‘ Ambassador Pieter Langenberg said that the next year to be finished airport in Kutaisi would be a landmark for Kutaisi. Dutch architects firm UNStudio is well known from projects all over the world (Mercedes-Benz Museum , Galleria Centercity, Raffles City) and Georgia, as a country in transformation, rapidly modernising, would fit well in their list of prestigious projects. I’m hoping that the airport will be a landmark for Dutch investment too, the Netherlands being one of the biggest investors in the country “.

Kutaisi Airport Control Tower. Image: Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio has designed the new Kutaisi Airport which will serve domestic and international flights for use by international diplomats, national politicians and for tourism.

Kutaisi Airport Section. Image: Courtesy of UNStudio

Ben van Berkel: "The design for the new terminal in Kutaisi focuses first and foremost on the experience of the traveller by creating an inviting, safe, transparent and user-friendly airport. The desire to provide for and communicate equally with both international visitors and the local community is paramount. "

Kutaisi Airport Arrival. Image: Courtesy of UNStudio

UNStudio’s design for the new Kutaisi Airport incorporates both Georgia’s historic landscape and its architecture. In Georgia public buildings and private houses employ their entrance lobbies as showcases for their individual identities. In the design for the new airport UNStudio embraces this architectural concept in order to manifest Georgia’s young and dynamic democracy, along with its rapid development as a main crossing point in the region. Georgia is located on a crossroads of rich cultures, with a history of travellers passing through the Caucasus or arriving from the Black Sea.

Construction on the new Kutaisi Airport will begin in December 2011. The airport is scheduled to be operational in September 2012.

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