Tbilisi Public Service Hall by
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas


Towering steel mushrooms create a layered canopy over the roof of this glazed office block in Tbilisi, Georgia, by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas (+ slideshow).

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Named the Tbilisi Public Service Hall, the building houses an assortment of government organisations that include the National Bank of Georgia, the Ministry of Energy and the Civil and National Registry Agency.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Seven overlapping glass blocks surround a central service hall where customers can obtain passports, marriage registration, and other permits and documents.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

There's no additional roof over this hall, creating a 35-metre-high space beneath the shelter of canopy structures.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

The architects compare these structures to trees, and refer to their curved uppers as "petals" or "leaves".

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Different departments are contained inside each of the seven perimeter blocks and a series of bridges connect them at the upper levels.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

This building is one of a number of new infrastructure projects we've featured in Georgia in recent months - see more stories about Georgia.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Other projects we've published by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas include an Armani store in New York and the bright red Zenith music hall in France - see more stories about Studio Fuksas.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Photography is by Studio Fuksas.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Here's a project description from Studio Fuksas:

Tbilisi Public Service Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2010-2012

The Tbilisi Public Service Hall is situated in the central area of the city and it overlooks the Kura river.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

The building is made up of 7 volumes that contain offices (each volume is made up of 4 floors located on different levels). These volumes are placed around a "central public square", which is the core of the project, where there is the front office services. Offices are connected to each other by internal footbridges that stretches on different levels.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Volumes and the central public space are towered above by 11 big "petals" that are independent both formally and structurally from the rest of the building. Three of those big petals covers the central space. The petals, different for their geometry and dimension, reaches almost 35 meters and they are supported by a structure of steel pillars with a tree shape, visible, as well as the petals, externally and internally from the building.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Among the petals, that are at different levels, are the glass facades. The main characteristic of these facades is that these have been released completely from the structure of the petals, allowing relative movements between the facade and the spatial network structure of coverage. This decision was taken to prevent that any movement of the cover, mainly due to oscillations for snow loads, wind or thermal expansion, can lead to the crisis of the glass.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

The Tbilisi Public Service Hall includes: the National Bank of Georgia, the Minister of Energy, the Civil and National Registry.

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Project: Tbilisi Public Service Hall
Sirre: Tbilisi, Georgia
Address: Sanapiro Street 2
Period: 2010-2012
Client: LEPL Civil Registry Agency – Giorgi Vashadze / LEPL National Public Registry Agency

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Project leader: Emiliano Scotti
Project tem: Riccardo Ferrari, Matteo Malatesta
Model makers: Nicola Cabiati

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

Superficie totale costruita: 42.000 sq m
Volume total construction: 265.000 cubic metres
Main hall surface: 4 385 sq m
“Leaves” surface: 24 800 sq m
Structural glass (enclosure): 2 390 sq m
Facade: 11 800 sq m
Parking Plots: 838 (426 coperti)

Engineering: Studio Sarti, AI Engineering
General contractor: Huachuan Georgia Company LTD

Tbilisi Public Service Hall by Fuksas

National Bank of Georgia
LEPL Civil Registry Agency
LEPL National Public Registry Agency
Ministry of Energy
Civil and National Registry Agency: 280 public desk
Press Room: 290 MQ (150 seats) + Foyer 100 m²
Retails and Facilities: 400 m²
Terraces: 1860 m²


Structure: reinforced concrete and steel
“Leaves” structure: tridimensional steel reticular
“Leaves” coating: glass fiber and epodossic resine
Facades: structural glass and cellular glass

  • EDD

    They must be high on shroom when they did the drawing. This building is horrid.

    • dim

      You can do better when you are on shroomz :)

  • stelina

    Spectacular. One of the best buildings realized in the past decade.

  • steve

    This is really nonsense. I’d rather like to see this building in five years, with this wonderfull detailed roof… demolished!

  • Davide

    I already hear Georgians say Fuckkkksas!

  • amc

    This building has no scale and no relevance to the place or context. It has ruined access to the promenade and the environment. Undeveloped detailing and horrible quality of roof decoration. Shame on Fuksas taking advantage of unprofessional clients and new unexperienced society. Despite the fact that this guy knows the 1500 year old city and visited the city many times. No dignified architect will have this atitude. I would recommend Mr. Massimiliano to give up architecture as a failure. He should not continue to trash the Earth with junk buildings.

  • Ogier de Beauseant

    Fantasia – China Dance is what it calls to mind. Well, too late: it's built!

  • What a shame that it dominates the beautiful skyline and ruins it. Totally insensitive to its surroundings and this coming is from someone who usually loves the juxtaposition of old and new buildings.

  • Clarence Chin

    I have never doubted that Fuksas is one of the worst architects ever. This building is nothing but glass boxes with a gimmick: tall umbrellas which do not care about what goes around it. What happen to all the good Italian architects and tradition?

    • Pedro

      They have become more interested in appearances then anything else. This is just one more sad example on the contemporary path that architecture is taking: anything is valid assuming that you stick out – even if it is for bad reasons!

      It’s about time we (architects) stop this nonsense and start THINKING about ARCHITECTURE again, and realizing it isn’t all about ego.

  • yrag

    Love it! And I really like the way the petal or mushroom tops carry through into the interior. Surprised to see so much hate.