Georgian Parliament Building (Kutaisi)

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Georgian Parliament Building
Parliament of Georgia in Kutaisi.jpg
The new Parliament's interior
General information
Address Irakli Abashidze Street
Town or city Kutaisi
Country Georgia
Coordinates 42°15′52″N 42°39′35″E / 42.264511°N 42.659655°E / 42.264511; 42.659655
Opened May 2012
Cost USD 83,000,000[1]
Technical details
Floor area 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft)[2]
Design and construction
Architect Mamoru Kawaguchi, Kenichi Kawaguchi[2]
Architecture firm CMD Inginieros[2]

The Georgian Parliament Building in Kutaisi has been the home of the Parliament of Georgia since its inauguration on May 26, 2012, replacing the Parliament building at 8 Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi.

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.[3]

The building is in the form of a 100-metre (330 ft) by 150-metre (490 ft) oval-shaped glass dome.[4]

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