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Public Service Hall

Public Service Hall , Municipal Service Building, Georgia ‘12


HL architecture, De Architekten Cie.

designteam Lada Hršak, Job van der Sande, Nicola Placella

with Frank Segaar (De Architekten Cie.)

client Ministry of Justice of Georgia

The Public Service Hall(PSH) is an reform for renewal of the Public services initiated by the Georgian Ministry of Justice. A system of modern municipal buildings which ...'belong to each and every citizen of Georgia'.... is being under construction in cities throughout the entire country.

In such a framework, a new municipal building has the potential to become the new civic platform in the city. Chiatura lies along the Kvirila river in a canyon like trench of the Greater Caucasus range. Spectacular mountainous scenery frames the city on both sides of the canyon. The new building is situated on a central square parallel to the

river. The project proposes roof of the building to become an elevated square, connecting to the existing public space. In such a way the roof auditorium can host the civic events and becomes the promenade and viewing place towards the mountains.

Municipal services housed under the coffered ceiling roof are arranged in a free plan, with few programmatic islands. The waiting area and quick services are placed adjacent to the entrance. The rear entrance allows for flexible use of the space. Such a plan distribution allows for quick customer service and the estimated waiting time of 2 minutes.