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Irregularly-Shaped Tower Marking the Georgia-Turkey Border: Sarpi Checkpoint

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In your next Georgia trip, pay attention to the curving lines of this unconventional checkpoint marking the border with Turkey, on the shores of the Black Sea! The Ministry of Finance of Georgia commissioned J. Mayer H. Architects to create the Sarpi Border Checkpoint, a modern tower used as a viewing platform. The amoeba-shaped structure provides a series of terraces at each of its multiple levels overlooking the water.

In addition to the regular customs facilities, the structure also houses a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room. Its interiors are highly modern, with tall ceilings and simple geometric lines throughout. More than just a functional building, the project developers aimed at creating a new country landmark: “The building welcomes visitors to Georgia, representing the progressive upsurge of the country”. How would you comment on this architecture approach? [Photography by Ucha Tsotseria, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze]

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