11/18/2011

The Art in Government Architecture


This month the Ministry of Finance of Georgia completed construction on its border checkpoint at Sapri.  Designed by J.Mayer H. architects, the buildings sculpturesque form celebrates the movement of the sea and the creatures within.  Its white exterior stands bold against the brown and blues of the surrounding landscape, commanding attention to its form and function rather than its use.



The customs checkpoint is situated at the Georgian border to Turkey, at the shore of the Black Sea.  With its cantilevering terraces, the tower is used as a viewing platform, with multiple levels overlooking the water and the steep part of the coastline.  In addition to the regular customs facilities, the structure also houses a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room.  The building welcomes visitors to Georgia, representing the progressive upsurge of the country.