Location: Station square of Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi central railway station is one of the main entrances of the city, multifunctional space, which is the permanent gathering place. For this place, practicality is just as important as psycho-emotional impact. The survey of the station square surrounding area, showed that this place is not safe for the pedestrians, the traffic is very chaotic and overloaded. Also, the main part of the territory is used for parking and there are not any green spaces. For the architects, working on public spaces, represents a special case, because the society itself suits the role of the customer. Seen all these, through the eyes of society, a space full of barriers is seen to us. So, the main purpose of the project was to remove these barriers. First of all, there appeared public space and connected pedestrian movement system, which made people the main. the bus stops, considering their dimensions, arranged in South-East of the square. Through electronic, informational kiosks, it is easy for people to navigate and find their preferred bus stop. Here are also the minibuses stops, and taxis have a separate space on the upper ramp. For the cars, there is an underground parking, which has a ramp for people, connected to the public space and to the underground shopping center. For the people, who needs close connection to the train, there is pick-up & drop-off parking on the upper ramp. In the north area of the space, there was made transformable spaces, which made the environment more expressive. For the overall look of the station square and for the design elements, there was made small architectural forms, in which you identify the common form, which repeats the shape of the train. For the materials we used wood and concrete. Also, we have taken into account, that this place is very hot and we added trees. As a result of all this, we created a universal space, through safe movement and simple connections.