Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Studio Fuksas

Eleven mushroom-like canopies hang over more acute geometrical glass forms below, creating a mixed vernacular.

TBILISI – Likened to petals or leaves, eleven roofs cover seven cubes in Italian architects Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas’ public service hall which includes the National Bank of Georgia, the Minister of Energy and the Civil and National Registry.

Overlooking the Kura river in central Georgia, glass geometric cubes sit below the mushroom-like canopies creating a perimeter around the large public space within. The office spaces within the volumes are stacked at different levels, each block containing four floors. Internal footbridges connect the different office spaces, which are sheltered by the awnings.

The curvaceous roof structure sits independently from the glass buildings, permitting movement in conditions of snow, wind and thermal expansion without breaking the fragile structures below. Made from steel and coated in glass fiber and resin, furnishing a white look, the petals reach up to 35 metres and are held by free form steel columns.

Photos courtesy of Studio Fuksas and Moreno Maggi

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