Expo Georgia Campus Master Plan

Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

This urban park design unifies a 40-acre former-soviet expo grounds with a new 560,000 sf convention center through an overlay of ite-scaled loops, leafy grove plantings, and new landscape program that increases the park’s usable outdoor space by 750%. Counts Studio collaborated with Trahan Architects for Expo Georgia, a 40-acre campus expo park set within the post-industrial Didube-Chugureti district of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The Master Plan re-imagines the site to accommodate 12 existing Soviet-era pavilions developed for a regional exposition during the 1960s, also incorporating Anchora new 52,000 square meter exhibition center, 200-key hotel and ballroom, commercial development and a 10-screen cineplex with below- and above-grade parking. The Master Plan engages an extensive network of pedestrian paths, establishing a landscape that interlaces past, present and future. Traversing the path network takes one back through time and space as the system weaves together historically significant buildings with contemporary interventions. High-performance planting and paving frame a culturally rich palette of diverse materials. A series of circulation networks provide increased accessibility to, from, and within the site, ultimately prioritizing flexibility, spatial clarity, and year-round use. Decks, groves and plazas enhanced with water features and movable site furniture are strategically located throughout the park to accommodate active site uses.