When it comes to public works, there can be a fine line between stately and profligate. A case in point is Georgia’s new parliament building, which is under construction in Kutaisi, a former industrial center that is hoping to shake off its rust.
Officials see the new parliament building as a modernist masterpiece that will drive the redevelopment of an economically depressed region. Once completed, the glass-sided structure, designed by Spain’s CMD Ingenieros, will offer legislators plenty of elbowroom, with 4,200-square meters of space.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has prioritized giving municipal buildings across Georgia a new look, says that the Kutaisi project embodies the essence of the Westward-focused country’s future. “The new Georgia [is] modern, impressive and transparent,” he told attendees at the building’s presentation on May 26, Georgian Independence Day.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.