Location: Kutaisi, Georgia
Type: Transportation – Infrastructure
Architects: UN Studio – www.unstudio.com
Client Terminal: United Airports of Georgia LLC
Building surface: Terminal 4.000m2, Control Tower and Offices 1.750m2
Height Air Traffic Control Tower: 55m.
Building site: 11.000 m2
Programme: International Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Offices for Navigation
Status: Concept Design 2011, Construction 2012
UNStudio’s design for the new Kutaisi Airport – which will serve domestic and international flights for use by international diplomats, national politicians and for tourism – incorporates both Georgia’s historic landscape and its architecture. The architecture of the terminal refers to a pavilion; a gateway, in which a clear structural layout creates an all encompassing and protective volume. The volume is structured around a central exterior space which is used for departing passengers. The transparent space around this central point is designed to ensure that flows of passengers are smooth and that departure and arrival flows do not coincide.
The 55m high, 300 m2 Air Traffic Control Tower is designed to compliment the design of the terminal. The traffic control cabin on the top level forms the focal point of the tower, with a spacious and comfortable interior ensuring a workspace of optimal concentration. 1,500 m2 of supporting office spaces are housed in a nearby building.