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Can a Border Checkpoint be Beautiful?

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This cascading concrete checkpoint is as expressive as a sculpture.

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The idea it expresses is its own function: to first form a barrier or fence, and then to grudgingly allow some to crawl through.

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The Project Ninotsminda Custom Terminal, a bureaucratic structure, is like an abstract expressionist sculpture set down in the middle of the countryside.

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The checkpoint appears to part not sideways like a door, but from under, as if a mouse is scurrying out from under a sofa.

I think that’s what imparts that ominous feeling of bureaucratic control.

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The surprising border crossing comes from architect Luka Machablishvili and divides Georgia and Armenia in the former soviet bloc.

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The rotation around the axis on the façade is clearer in this night rendering.

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It will be over 100 metres wide, and will divide traffic from both directions into a total of eight lanes.

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Stained glass panels fill the spaces between the concrete slabs.

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What appears to be a full width of lanes is deceptive. Actually, there are two floors of staff facilities on each end of the building.

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