I was recently commissioned to photograph The Argo entertainment centre and cable car system in Batumi, Georgia for the architects, CallisonRTKL.
The Argo complex is a 2km long aerial tramway linking the heart of Batumi’s waterfront which is situated on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, to the Argo entertainment centre developed on Anuria Mountain. At 250 m (820 ft) above sea level, this sightseeing centre provides visitors with some unmatched views of the city, the Black Sea and the surrounding mountains. The centre comprises of a restaurant, cafe, retail shops, open air halls and roof terraces.
The Lower Station is an impressive angular glass building and is located on Gogebashvili Street on the waterfront. and is connected by cable car to the Upper Station on top of Anuria Mountain. The Argo entertainment centre is designed to give the viewer the impression of being on a ship using symbols from the boat by which mythical Jason and Argonauts sailed to Kolchida. Vela Tower is clad in aluminium panels with rich golden glass windows.
The Argo entertainment centre and cable car have already become one of the most visited tourist attractions of the region.
Batumi—the “Pearl of the Black Sea,” as it is often called—is located in the autonomous republic of Adjara. European architects undertook numerous projects in Batumi at the beginning of the 20th century, and today it remains a hub of architectural innovation.