j. mayer h. architects: sarpi border checkpoint
j. mayer h. architects: sarpi border checkpoint j. mayer h. architects: sarpi border checkpoint
jul 28, 2010

j. mayer h. architects: sarpi border checkpoint

sarpi border checkpoint by j. mayer h architects

german firm j. mayer h. architects have designed the sarpi border checkpoint. construction has begun on the customs checkpoint situated at the georgian border to turkey, on 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, as well as for patrol officers keeping an eye on the border. 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.

ground floor plan

upper floor plan

elevation view

  • draw squiggly line, extrude and voilà!

    g says:
  • Well this building is a disaster in that the form, or expression seems to derive itself from nothing…. certainly not from the context. It doest speak to anything on the site, or the program which it envelopes…. Jurgen is capable of a much higher standard than this…. even as a teaser, the material presented is beyond rubbish and should not be presented…. or let out of his office….

    MAgic says:
  • if there was a solid formed definition, of ugly architecture, this is it.

    Arw says:
  • Wow, this is extraordinary!
    Might its apparent ugliness just be down to bad 70s style visuals?

    dextersdragon says:
  • sensation

    erik says:
  • snoopy !

    vincent says:
  • Such negative comments. And what are their qualifications I wonder. What alternative would these commenters require?

    I think the design is quite innovative and intriguing.

    Maxboi says:
  • If this is supposed to symbolize Georgia’s ”progressive upsurge”, I think the design is justified to be daring. At least it’s not boring.

    ricky says:
  • I agree with Maxboi. If people are so ‘bold’ enough to make crass comments, then they should actually stand up and be constructive – justify what they’re saying.

    I like the unconventional shape of the cantilever platforms.
    I think the structure’s unusual form makes a good contrast to the surrounding environment and it definitely is an unconventional approach to a customs checkpoint, but still with purpose.

    Maxgurl says:
  • People who dismiss this kind of design usually churn out safe, minimal, aesthetically neutral stuff that conforms to the limits of their imagination, then pass it off as ‘simplicity’. This has verve.

    douglas montgomery says:

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