The Georgian seaport of Batumi, also called the “Las Vegas of the Black Sea,” is known for its ornate churches and state buildings. But it has fine examples of modern architectural splendor, as well, including a McDonald’s so fanciful that that it might be the only fast food building to have won awards for architectural brilliance.
Designed by architect Giorgi Khmaladze, the futuristic glass structure juts out into the sky, like a spaceship ready for take-off. Its bold edges are softened by a reflective pool streaming along its perimeter. The polyhedronal structure, encased in a cantilevered glass shell, was awarded the Best Commercial Building of 2014 by the architecture website ArchDaily. The familiar golden arches of the McDonald’s logo look diminutive against the backdrop of this towering edifice.
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