- Posted June 19, 2012 by
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Eye on Georgia
Urban landmark to highlight Georgian identity
Batumi has a new visual reference in its skyline: the Alphabetic Tower, a 130 m. high structure to welcome visitors remarking Georgia’s top cultural feature. Location converts the tower into an excellent observatory over the Black Sea, the Mountains and the city.
Spanish office CMD Ingenieros was commissioned to design this urban landmark by Batumi City Council. Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lazaro proposed the idea of DNA as a structural element that carries the identity of every living being. Two spiral helixes rising from the ground to the equator of the glass sphere support large reproductions of the letters of the Georgian alphabet, which is unique in the world. The beauty of these 4 m high 66 letters reflects the personality of a hospitable and welcoming people, proud of a cultural heritage which is unique in the Caucasus region.
The glass sphere crowning the tower is its functional centre. This light space hosts the panoramic restaurant, TV studios, and the observation deck over Batumi. On the last level visitors can see the pendulum installed to counteract movements produced by strong winds.
Construction works were completed last February.