The President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, is going to participate on the first institutional event held in the New Parliament building designed by CMD Ingenieros. Saakashvili leads tomorrow an extraordinary session of the Legislative Body coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Georgia’s Independence from the Soviet Union. This new governmental complex is located in Kutaisi, the new capital city of Georgia from now on.
The new Parliament Building wants to project a modern and organic image as a reflection of the big changes that Georgia is experiencing. Designed by Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro it has a contrast on materials and forms that looks for the surprise of users and visitors. It represents too strength and transparency of Georgia democratic institutions.
The most significant element is the glass and steel dome designed to cover the main volume. Designed jointly with the prestigious Japanese engineer Mamoru Kawaguchi, it is the largest dome in the world of its class. A roof-like concrete element covers the dome and host on the entrances to the building
Within the great glazed space emerges a new volume structurally independent from the outer surrounding. It uses ordered orthogonal lines to organize the functional program of offices, meeting and conference rooms as well as the main institutional rooms –Plenary Hall, Bureau, and Presidency. Furthermore, the building tries to include the vegetal element as something natural of its own.
The project includes the construction of two other office buildings: the House of Government (finished last November) and the Staff building (to be completed in August). CMD Ingenieros was also in charge of the landscape design of the Millennium Park, a large urban park of 1M sq.m. surrounding all these buildings. After this first official event, construction companies will proceed with equipments, furniture and other details. The complex will begin activity next October.