The Kutaisi Airport in Georgia is a low-level mass with a horizontal emphasis and facades of expansive windows. Based on this description, it has a great deal in common with many of the contemporary air terminals throughout the world. What this one does incorporate, however, are eccentric aesthetic and structural features that contribute to the look and the functionality of the building.
UNStudio strove to highlight the points where the circulation becomes tense, inside and outside of the building. With this continuous push and pull of opposing inbound and outbound traffic of plane and passenger arrivals and departures, the designers hoped to keep everything in efficient flux. A sunken webbed ceiling inside ensures that pedestrian flow does not clash; meanwhile, the abstract red outer corner of the Kutaisi Airport pinpoints the best view of aircraft coming and going.
The Kutaisi Airport's Structural Feature Symbolizes Internal Tension
Amelia Roblin — November 8, 2013 — Art & Design