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06 Nov 2018

Graft reveals masterplan for Georgian Railways Head Office

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The Berlin branch of the international architecture firm plans twinend towers

Graft Architects has proposed a masterplan for a new business district in Tbilisi, Georgia, to the north of the city centre.

GRAFT Georgian Railway Head Offices 02The towers will face each other across a road. © GRAFT GmbH

The plan for the Didube Chughureti District — which comprises buildings of varying scales and functions, as well as large public squares — centres around a pair of twin skyscrapers with subtly differet designs, which face each other across a road.

Intended to house the headquarters of the Georgian Railway Company, the towers have been positioned to resemble the forking off of train tracks at a railway junction.

GRAFT Georgian Railway Head Offices 04Graft aims to create a new urban gateway for the city. © GRAFT GmbH

The facade of one of the towers is planned to curve down into a horizontal canopy, beneath which will sit an open-air railway museum. Graft’s design aims to signal the seamless combination of office and museum functions, as well as to connect the past, present and future of locomotive transport.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1998 by architects Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit, Graft is an International practice with offices in Berlin and Beijing. The Berlin branch of the company designed the German Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

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