Project DescriptionFrom ARCHITECT, November 2013
J. Mayer H. Architects in Georgia, by Ian Volner:
“It’s beautiful in Mestia,” Mayer says. “It’s a fantastic mountain town; a [UNESCO] World Heritage site with old stone buildings and towers—they’d hide there when other tribes came through.” The small airport building designed by Mayer’s office is clad partly in glass, but still, “our little airport somehow references these towers,” he says. In Mayer’s modern interpretation, the tower rises from one end of a tripartite, Y-shaped ground floor, which houses check-in and waiting areas and other services. The structure was designed and built within the span of three months, and is part of a concerted effort to bring more tourism to the mountain region—especially during the ski season in the winter months.
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