Georgian Parliament Building (Kutaisi)
|Georgian Parliament Building|
The new Parliament's interior
|Address||Irakli Abashidze Street|
|Town or city||Kutaisi|
|Floor area||40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Mamoru Kawaguchi, Kenichi Kawaguchi|
|Architecture firm||CMD Inginieros|
The government, during the building's construction, promoted it as a symbol of Georgia's bright, democratic future. Its location in Kutaisi was touted as a boost for the regional economy there as well as a way to knit the country closer together. Critics state that the building is a waste of money, and that having Parliament in Kutaisi, while the rest of the government remains in Tbilisi, is inefficient.
The building is located on the site of a memorial to the 300,000 Georgians, as well as tens of millions of other Soviet citizens, who died in World War II; the monument was demolished with explosives in December 2009, which accidentally killed two people.
The building is in the form of a 100-metre (330 ft) by 150-metre (490 ft) oval-shaped glass dome.