Homes and Hospitality MEDEA HOTEL
2006-2011
BATUMI, GEORGIA

The hotel overlooks the sea in central Batumi and replaces an earlier one dating from the Soviet period: a 10/12-storey building in reinforced concret...

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The hotel overlooks the sea in central Batumi and replaces an earlier one dating from the Soviet period: a 10/12-storey building in reinforced concrete. With its rigorously squared lines in the pure socialist style, it had narrow balconies along two broad main fronts. Thanks to its trapezoidal plan, the new construction is freed from the orthogonal pattern of its surrounding urban fabric to become an instantly recognisable landmark. The entrances to the hotel and apartments are separate, with the one on the front facing the sea protected by a large cantilever. On the opposite side, a two-storey projection houses a casino and conference rooms. The structure is clad by a glazed skin supported on a double-grid metal frame: one of more than 2 x 6 metres, and a smaller one measuring 2 x 3 metres corresponding to the windows. Illuminated by night, the tower becomes a landmark for the city.



PROJECT
aMDL Architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl - Michele De Lucchi
Freyrie & Pestalozza Architetti Associati - Leopoldo Freyrie, Marco Pestalozza

PROJECT TEAM
Marcello Biffi, Laura Parolin, Andrea Saita, Sang Yeun Lee

CONSULTANT
Dizayn Group (structural framework)

CLIENT
Adjara Resort JSC, Development Solutions LLC

AREA
2.500 m2

CHRONOLOGY
2006-2009 design; 2011 completion

PHOTOGRAPHY
Gia Chkhatarashvili; Michele De Lucchi (mock up)