German architects J. Mayer H. Architects’ newly-constructed SAG Airport in Mestia, Georgia employs an innovative use of engineered concrete to render swooping, ascending forms for this small Medieval town’s municipal airport. The project, developed alongside a new House of Justice and Police Station complex, is typical of Mayer’s recent projects, many of which manipulate planar concrete forms in a variety of dimensions, giving a sense of movement, structure, and wonder to typical buildings. The architecture of the airport is evocative of Mestia’s skiing traditions, resembling the quarter- and half-pipe take off ramps used in the sport to gain vertical height and speed. Here, these forms are interpreted literally, relating to the airplanes with their own vertical mobility.
The building is an example of efficiency and simplicity in design, as it was built over the course of three months, and is, with regards to partii, comprised of three elements: a concrete floor, glass walls, and a concrete roof. The roof and floor are used to frame the vast and epic landscape located beyond the transparent walls. The floor plan is similarly trifurcated, facilitating two internalized viewing areas- one of which is structured as an amphitheatre- as well as a tall observation deck. This project utilizes streamlined construction and design techniques to arrive at expressively rendered, minimal spaces.