The fascinating uniqueness of the Sarpi Border Checkpoint meets the undulating coast of the Black Sea in the small village of Sarpi, Georgia. Located on the border between Turkey and Georgia, the village is a major business travel checkpoint and this required a contemporary iconic checkpoint building that would unite people and ideas in a unique customs headquarters. The construction shelters a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room on the two-story building on the ground, while the tower’s multiple floors allow it to be used as a viewing platform overlooking the coastline and the calming stretches of water of the Black Sea. Its undulating design was conceived by Berlin-based J. Mayer H. Architectsand completed in November 2011. The client – Georgia’s Ministry of Finance – needed the construction to welcome visitors in a way that would visually describe the country’s “progressive upsurge“, as the architects put it. How many of you would like to visit this creative tower found on Architizer?
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts