Tbilisi, historic capital city of Georgia, with an Old Town and filled with churches. Not exactly where I expected to find stylish modern architecture. So it was a surprise when I first looked out along the Mtkvari River to see this.The tubular building was designed as a concert hall but only the exterior is finished. A change of government and priorities has prevented it from being finished, and there is talk of removing it due to a perceived lack of fit with the nearby Old Town across the river.
The mushroom like Justice House is home is a one stop shop for civic services. They can be found across Georgia, recognisable by their distinctively modern architecture. A 10km return run along the river took me past modern apartments, a Radisson Hotel, and the Saakashvili Presidential Library. The Presidential Residence sits on the hillside overlooking the river in the centre of town. Recently opened, the Peace Bridge is impressive by night and day. Finally the Institute of Botany was an unexpected sight from the ancient hill top citadel above the Old Town.