Project type: Urban Planning
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Client: New Office LLC
Size: 8,000 sqm
The Rose Square is one of the few public places in the city of Tbilisi. It is a very unique spot due to its urban setting between the Radisson Blu “Hotel Iveria” and Radisson Telegraph and to the north with an open view towards the city. Currently it is only an in-between space used as a parking area.
The new Rose Square will consist of a folded surface, floating above the ground. It hovers over the city center connecting different levels and areas. Along a slightly inclined surface the new Rose Square creates a connection to the underground areas the square was built on during the 70s. There will be new retail and restaurant areas and so called sunken gardens. An underground pedestrian path connects the hotel with the Boulevard Rustaveli. The design reflects the distinct features of the capitals terraced topography and reanimates so far unused potentials of a variating urban landscapes.
The two-leveled public space will guide the visitors through a continuous landscape while creating a calm atmosphere. The urban flow is intertwined through a series of cut-outs on the square surface, additional design elements towards the East and West create meeting areas.
The new Rose Square is a multifunctional public space, offering different features and facilities for visitors. The main area at the very heart of the area is conceived as an urban amphitheater, a forum for the public as well as spontaneous performances. The area in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, is the Cour d’Honneur of the Hotel Iveria with a lively character and seasonal water elements. In warm Georgian summers, water mirrors and fountains will refresh the visitors, while in winter, the space can be used for ice skating.
GRAFT also designed and planned the refurbishment of the Hotel Iveria in 2009.