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Cafe and Pavilion

J. Mayer H. Architects

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Location

Batumi

Client/Owner

Government of Autonomous Republic of Adjara

Project Status

Built

Year Completed

2010

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Batumi
Georgia
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Project Description

From ARCHITECT, November 2013
J. Mayer H. Architects in Georgia, by Ian Volner:

A kind of 18th-century garden folly redone for the 21st, the Batumi café-pavilion is somewhat out of step with Jürgen Mayer H.’s other projects in Georgia, more of an architectural sketch than a fully realized building. Its clover-like plan—represented vertically by the tall standing sculpture outside of it—is vaguely (if only vaguely) suggestive of a seashell, one more case of the designer flirting with a figurative architecture. The interior design, including the floor-to-ceiling curtains that block off some of the openness Mayer had intended for the glazed-in structure, wasn't his own work, having been carried out by a young local firm. But that demonstrates how the German designer’s activity might yet have a lasting influence on the Georgian design scene for years to come. “An outsider can become a catalyst to generate opportunities for locals,” Mayer says—and already a few native firms with a similar, contemporary sensibility have received commissions for public projects around the country.

For more from this article, visit: http://www.architectmagazine.com/projects/firm-profiles/j-mayer-h.aspx
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