Avlabari Residence – The ceremonial palace of Georgia in Tbilisi

The construction of the administration building commenced in 2004 on the basis of a 19th-century neoclassical edifice, which formerly housed the Imperial gendarmerie. The work was finalized in 2009.

The complex covers an area of ​​about 22,000 square meters, of which 1,500 square meters is occupied directly by the Presidential Palace. The final version was designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi who had also designed the headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, The Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi and Medea hotel in Batumi.

The composition of the palace is classic – a three-port horizontal building, with a dome in the center. The whole building is decorated with a slightly modified Doric colossal order. The dome of the building, constructed out of three-dimensional bent glass in Germany, which is the dominant element in the composition of the building, is a joint work of Georgian architect Vakhtang Zesashvili and Italian architect Franco Dzagari.

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