Expo Georgia Master Plan

This urban park design unifies a 40-acre former-soviet expo grounds with a new 560,000 sf convention center through an overlay of site-scaled loops, leafy grove plantings, and new landscape program that increases the park’s usable outdoor space by 750%.

Counts Studio collaborated with Trahan Architects for Expo Georgia, a 40-acre campus expo park set within the post-industrial Didube-Chugureti district of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The Master Plan re-imagines the site to accommodate 12 existing Soviet-era pavilions developed for a regional exposition during the 1960s, also incorporating a new 52,000 square meter exhibition center, 200-key hotel and ballroom, commercial development and a 10-screen cineplex with below- and above-grade parking. The Master Plan engages an extensive network of pedestrian paths, establishing a landscape that interlaces past, present and future. Traversing the path network takes one back through time and space as the system weaves together historically significant buildings with contemporary interventions. High-performance planting and paving frame a culturally rich palette of diverse materials. A series of circulation networks provide increased accessibility to, from, and within the site, ultimately prioritizing flexibility, spatial clarity, and year-round use. Decks, groves and plazas enhanced with water features and movable site furniture are strategically located throughout the park to accommodate active site uses.


Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia



4.0 acres



Expo / Public Park


Design Team

Counts Studio, Landscape Architect


Trahan Architects, Architect


Arup, Structural Engineer

Please visit the following URL to view an article posted by archdaily about the project and collaboration with Trahan Architects. (http://www.archdaily.com/553712/trahan-architects-design-expo-georgia-convention-center-for-tbilisi/)

Counts Studio Expo Georgia Historic Images in Black and White
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Analog model of civic lawn and existing building to be renovated by Trahan Architects.
Counts Studio Expo Georgia analog sketch of campus landscape and paving design.
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Proposed Landscape Concept Plan in Color
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Existing and Proposed Plan Diagram Illustrations
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Analog model collaged to illustrated design intent and tree canopy of entry plaza looking to civic lawn.
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Bird's eye view of analog model.
Counts Studio Exploded Axon Diagram Drawing of Proposed Expo Georgia Master Plan
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Analog Model Photograph of Underground Parking and Garage at Hotel Entrance
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Perspective rendering of central green house terrace.
Counts Studio Expo Georgia Physical model and digital rendering bird's eye collage of Master Plan campus park proposal without foliage
Counts Studio Expo Georgia with Trahan Archiects Convention Center Entrance Plaza and Entry Roads Rendering