Fuel Station + McDonalds
by Giorgi Khmaladze

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A McDonald's restaurant and a petrol station are concealed within this faceted glass shell in Georgia, designed by architect Giorgi Khmaladze (+ slideshow).

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

"The city officials wanted to avoid having a regular gas station in the middle of the area, which right now is undergoing major renewal," Giorgi Khmaladze told Dezeen. "From that departure point, I proposed to combine two programs in one building footprint."

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

The structure, located in the coastal town of Batumi, features an elongated shape that cantilevers on one side to create the canopy for the petrol station. The entrance to McDonald's is positioned on the opposite side, as the architect wanted to keep the two as separate as possible.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

"Spaces are composed in such a way that the two major programs - vehicle services and dining - are isolated from one another, both physically and visually," explains Khmaladze.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Serving areas are contained inside the building's circular core. Staircases wind around the outside of the circle on both sides, leading up past a series of tiered seating booths towards a dining area on the first floor.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Glass lines the perimeter of the dining area and a terrace wraps around the outside. Rather than a view down onto the petrol station and road, diners are faced with the sloping topside of the canopy, which the architect has covered with beds of shrubbery.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Two pools of water are positioned around the outside of the building and help to define different routes for pedestrians and cars.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

McDonalds has also recently been working with French designer Patrick Norguet, who has redesigned its restaurants across France. See more design for McDonalds.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Other chain restaurants to be redesigned in recent years include British roadside restaurant Little Chef and Burger King diners in Singapore. See more chain restaurant designs.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Photography is by the architect.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Here's some more information from Giorgi Khmaladze:


The project is located in one of the newly urbanized parts of the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia. It includes fuels station, McDonald's, recreational spaces and reflective pool.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Given the central location and therefore importance of the site, it was decided to give back as much area as possible for recreation to the city by limiting the footprint of the building and vehicular circulation. This resulted in one volume with all programs compressed within.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Spaces are composed in such a way that the two major programs - vehicle services and dining - are isolated from one another, both physically and visually so that all operations of fuel station are hidden from the view of the customers of the restaurant.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Because of the predefined, small building footprint, most of the supporting and utility spaces are grouped and located on the ground level to be close to all technical access points.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Public space of the restaurant starts from the lobby and its separate entrance on the ground floor. From where, as a way to naturally connect to the upper floor and to offer customers the experience of smooth transition between levels, the floor steps upwards and creates inhabitable decks on intermediate levels to be occupied as dining spaces.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Part of the dining space offers view towards outside water features, while the rest seamlessly transitions into open air patio on the upper level. The patio, enclosed from all sides to protect the space from outside noise, provides calm open air seating. The vegetation layer, which covers the cantilevered giant canopy of the fuel station adds natural environment and acts as a "ecological shield" for the terrace.

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze

Project: Fuel Station + McDonalds
Architect: Giorgi Khmaladze (Khmaladze Architects)
Collaborators: Capiteli (Structural Engineer), Gulfstream (MEP), Archange & Schloffer (MCD Standards), Franke (Kitchen engineering), Erco (exterior lighting).

Fuel Station and McDonalds by Giorgi Khmaladze
Location: Batumi, Georgia
Year: 2010-11 Design, 2012-13 Construction
Size: 1200 sqm
Client: SOCAR

  • Akeel

    Looks like a spaceship crash landed.

    • scrap

      It looks like one of those bizzare prehistoric crab things that lay dead on beaches.

  • ajqb

    Great project, simple and complex.

  • pedro_multipolarq

    It’s a bizarre market colonisation. Look at picture 13. It’s the modern middle ages in the global borders.

  • hans

    Looks like an alien head. By this it should be facing the main road instead of turning its back to the street. Would be much better to hide the fuel station. It seems that cars surround the building anyway.

  • El Jiji

    Great one. Keep an eye out for this guy.

  • Sergy

    The architecture in the former Soviet Union countries is usually quite uninspiring, but this project is very cool and innovative. Kudos to the architect!

  • Haters

    If Zaha, Calatrava or Frank Gehry did this project there would have been many haters.

    • Juan Galicia

      I think this one would resemble a Libeskind more than a Zaha or even Calatrava.

      Don’t like some of the elements here but damn I do love that garden space on top, just beautiful, and must be interesting to pass under that gas station, IMHO :P

    • Federica

      Agreed.

    • Student

      So true. It would have been called out for being self gratuitous if done by Calatrava or Zaha. So disappointing to read comments that do nothing but hate.

  • mik

    This is just a fuel station and a McDonald’s, this really f***ed my brain.

  • Horseshoe Crab

    Somehow looks like a polar bear to me.

    • Paul

      Worst comment so far.

  • http://www.fahadshehadat.com Fahad Shehadat

    Is this supposed to make McDonald’s a healthy option?

  • seth

    Great project, very fresh and unexpected. I would be tempted to eat at McDonald’s if i saw this project.

  • http://www.kfeinblog.com/ kfein

    Doesn’t look like a McDonald’s to me, if there aren’t any logos.

  • DKAI

    I think this is a great project, with good use of extraordinary design, excellent space allocation for elements needed to support the cantilevered part and no compromise!
    Well done to the architect!

  • Rad

    In elevation it looks like a penguin’s head.

  • Concerned Citizen

    More pictures!!!