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Batumi has some quite nice modern buildings. I have shown already Alphabetic Tower (with no success :)), here is the new Technical University Tower. I found this building really fascinating and made many photos.

It is the first skyscraper with an integrated Ferris wheel has been constructed at the Technical University in Batumi.
Inside the Batumi tower are offices, but on the outside, at an altitude of 100 meters, the tower features a ferris wheel with eight air-conditioned cabins that can hold up to 40 people. It is the first of its kind in the world.

This unusual feature, along with an 85 meter mast with a sail at the top, makes the building a challenging construction which has required wind tunnel tests to determine the loads and accelerations on the tower.

Furthermore, the building is located in a moderate seismic zone on soil which liquefies under an earthquake. This was one of the largest challenges on the project and led to a soil improvement strategy right underneath the tower in order to prevent the soil liquefaction.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5267 W: 84 N: 13559] (77392)
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