Ultra-modern McDonald's restaurant voted one of world's best new buildings

In a newly urbanized area of Batumi, Georgia, a new take on the fast-food restaurant is turning heads 

January 31, 2014 |

Batumi, Georgia is located on the Black Sea coast and has many newly urbanized areas. It also has an award-winning McDonald's, courtesy of architect Giorgi Khmaladze. 

The McDonald's, which is combined with a fuel station and recreation areas, was awarded the Best Commercial Building of the Year by architecture website ArchDaily.

Readers voted for winners in 14 categories after helping narrow down the hundreds of entries for this year's competition. 


In order to keep from disrupting city traffic, Khmaladze designed the building to have a small footprint.  



A reflective pool of water surrounds the restaurant, playing off of the building's reflective surface. 


The structure is located in a newly urbanized area of Batumi, Georgia.


To keep fumes from the city out of the dining area, this "vegetation shield" was built inside the McDonald's.


The gas station in the complex is underneath a canopy containing a dining area.


Its entrance is at the opposite end of the building from the McDonald's. 


This rendering gives an idea of how the building is laid out. 


Pictures and descriptions courtesy of Business Insider (via Giorgi Khmaladze)

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