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

mcdonald's + fuel station by giorgi khmaladze

‘mcdonalds + fuel station’ by giorgi khmaladze, batumi, georgia
all images courtesy of 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.

night view of the fuel station side of the building
image courtesy of giorgi khmaladze

views of the layered interior, complete with a garden and further enclosed eatery
image courtesy of giorgi khmaladze


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

    ThomasV says:
  • now that’s thinking way outside the box. stunning! i am lovin” it!

    nelson d reyes says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • I think I’m in love!

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

    Stranger says:

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