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Spparc wins go-ahead for Tbilisi competition winner

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[First look + plans] London’s Spparc has bagged planning consent for this 37,000m² mixed-use development in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi

The practice won the Mirza Shafi project, which will include boutique hotels, shops, flats and a museum, following an international contest last year (2010).

Set within the Botanical Gardens and with a views over a large 12th century castle and the Presidential Palace, the scheme also includes a new cultural quarter for artists.

The architect’s view

The project continues to evolve in collaboration with a local team ensuring the sensitive balance of history is integrated into the final façade solution celebrating the historic fabric that defines the ancient bath district.
The success of the scheme is an architectural response that acknowledges the past, and successfully cohabitates with it by creating a character that reflects the classical architecture and cultural assets of ‘Old Tbilisi’ while defining a scheme with its own essential unique character, sense of place and destination that integrates into the established urban framework of the City and its green landscape.

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