mcdonald's + fuel station by giorgi khmaladze
mcdonald's + fuel station by giorgi khmaladze
apr 04, 2013

mcdonald's + fuel station by giorgi khmaladze

in a rapidly developing city along the black sea, local architect giorgi khmaladze has designed a glazed, faceted form, complete with an interior garden. the elegantly shaped skin cantilevers over a surprisingly ordinary urban necessity and contains a hallmark institution of western consumer culture – a fuel station and mcdonald’s respectively. the building opens to the street with an opaque, tiled underbelly  that shelters the fuel stations, while a faceted semi-circular circulation space is bordered by an indoor garden.the greenery fans out like a stadium, providing lush visual respite for the mcdonald’s patrons inside the layered hallway.the architecture is a testament to the ability of the built form to elevate rather ubiquitous urban programming.

mcdonald's + fuel station by giorgi khmaladze
night view of the fuel station side of the building
all images courtesy of giorgi khmaladze

mcdonald's + fuel station by giorgi khmaladze
views of the layered interior, complete with a garden and further enclosed eatery



  • The only way I can describe this is.. how awesomely inappropriate for a McDonald’s!

  • I think I’m in love!

  • I have to add that I could see a similar structure used as a concert hall with the seats in place of the lovely garden.

    Ron Smith
  • Amazing. What a stunning experience. Yes, I am surprised that there are not more accommodations for fueling and I can’t help but wonder about elevator access. The garden space is really lovely.
    I am afraid that I would either become addicted to McDonald’s coffee or get very fat if this building were to be nearby.
    Thanks and congratulations!

    Ron Smith
  • now that’s thinking way outside the box. stunning! i am lovin” it!

    nelson d reyes
  • Wow, big architecture for just two filling stations and a McDo! But you don’t hear me complaining! Stunning!


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