Georgia Builds The World’s Wackiest Border Crossing

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Border crossings are supposed to feature somber, vaguely intimidating architecture. Georgia, apparently, didn’t get the memo. The former Soviet republic commissioned German starchitect Jürgen Mayer H. to design a security checkpoint between Georgia and its southern neighbor, Turkey, on the Black Sea, and what he gave them was this: a giant concrete squiggle. Yep, a squiggle.

Mayer’s office doesn’t tell us much about the project except that the top squiggle is used as a "viewing platform" and the building is conceived so that it "welcomes visitors to Georgia."

Does that say "welcoming" to you? We can’t decide. Either it’s the world’s friendliest Panopticon tower or the world’s biggest, most sinister-looking puzzle piece.

[Images courtesy of Jürgen Mayer H.]

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  • TheJoeValley

    the wacky president is the only one who makes decisions on even the most minor details, it is fully illustrated everywhere in the country. Nothing meakes sense

  • Neil Pattie

    I think it's brilliant.  It shows that Georgia dares to be different. What else would you expect from a country run by people in the twenties and thirties.

  • Markcharters

    I love it! To me it does say "welcome" and is a complete antithesis to the sombre, grey and sometimes intimidating environments you are faced with at many international borders. It shows Georgia to be a warm, welcoming and friendly country with a sense of style and humour.

  • wendy

    maybe this is a series of a thousand pieces of similar puzzle-like concrete pieces scattered around the world, then when you put them together in correct order, some supernatural portal would open, the ultimate border crossing experience!

  • Adam

    I suppose if you prefer ugly concrete pillboxes then yes, I can understand why you don't like this. I do admit though, it does look like a giant puzzle piece...but I still prefer it to soviet-styled border crossing architecture.