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Axis Towers in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi's tallest towers wrapped in stone and glass

Dezeen promotion: custom-designed windows, made by Reynaers Aluminium, wrap the facades of this pair of twisting towers designed by Alexander Mezhevidze, which are the tallest buildings in Tbilisi.

Located in the capital of Georgia's Vake district, the two 37-storey Axis Towers are identical in form, with one clad in white stone and the other with black glass.

The white tower contains apartments, while a hotel, offices and fitness facilities are in the glazed tower, which is topped by a bar.

Axis Towers in Tbilisi, Georgia

The towers' spiralling forms and expansive glass facades, made by manufacturer Reynaers Aluminium, have been designed to resist seismic activity and high winds that are experienced in the Georgian capital.

The complex's developer Axis collaborated with the glazing manufacture to create a tailor-made window system that would work with the building's structure and these conditions.

Reynaers Aluminium developed a bespoke arrangement of double-glazed windows and aluminium profiles to meet the structural requirements, while also giving the buildings plenty of light, reducing noise and creating a suitable luxury aesthetic.

Axis Towers in Tbilisi, Georgia

"The Reynaers Aluminium systems that were used in the Axis Towers project were chosen by the customer because they met the reliability requirements, ergonomics and the overall appearance of the building," said Reynaers Aluminium's Tengiz Kvantaliani.

"This is the largest project for Reynaers Aluminium in Georgia today, and its successful implementation will have a positive impact on the company's image in the country in the face of fierce competition. It is safe to say that the Axis Towers will become the hallmark of Tbilisi," concluded Kvantaliani.

Axis Towers in Tbilisi, Georgia

Axis Towers make use of several of Reynaers Aluminium standard systems applied at once, as well as several new, original solutions. The entire ground floor is glazed using the CW 50-SC system, which offers "unlimited creative freedom and maximum entrance of light".

Above, Axis Towers are wrapped in the standard CW 50 aluminium curtain walling, into which the CP 155-LS – a insulating slide and lift-slide system – is built. The CW 50 facade system with embedded CW insert structural doors was also employed, alongside the Reynaers Aluminium sliding systems CP 155-LSCP 68, and window-door system CS 77.

Axis Towers in Tbilisi, Georgia

Founded in 1965 in Duffel, Belgium, Reynaers Aluminium is specialist in developing sustainable aluminium solutions for windows, doors, curtain walls, sliding systems, sun screening and conservatories.

Alongside Axis Towers, it has developed tailor-made glazing solutions for several buildings across the commercial, residential, leisure and healthcare sectors.

Find out more on the Reynaers Aluminium website.

Photography courtesy of Axis Towers.