tbilisi, georgia (2007-10)
site area: 6ha
public space area: 10,000m2
type: square, retail, commercial + hotel
this square, renamed after georgia’s rose revolution of 2003, is where the country’s nascent quest for democracy and the development of a new identity was founded. lab’s design transforms the square in which the city’s traditional may day parade was held into a dynamic urban space where tbilisi’s evolving and emerging identity will be enacted.
the square’s design is based upon an informal rather than a formal geometry: a series of separate spaces are aggregated into a single and coherent public space. this approach allows for the creation of a suite of distinctly different spaces, each of which articulates, through a range of scale and activities, the relationship to the immediate and diverse surrounding urban context.
the design approach generates intimacy and diversity for the square, allowing simultaneous activities to prosper at their appropriate scales. the main plaza and event space is complemented by a gateway forecourt, linking the main avenue into the square.
defining these new spaces is a series of new commercial buildings including retail, cinemas, food and beverage, aiming to provide destinations and attractions to complement the public spaces, as well as to create continuous activated edges.