Ryan Koopmans captures the architecture of Tbilisi, Georgia for VOGUE magazine.
Indicative of the Caucasus country’s ongoing metamorphosis is its sharply contrasting styles of architecture. The old city of Tbilisi, Abanotubani, is still brick-laden and sulfur scented, while vestiges of its era as a former republic of the Soviet Union include the post-constructivist 18-story Bank of Georgia headquarters, formerly the Georgian SSR’s Ministry of Highway Construction. For a hint of today’s Tbilisi, there is the tubular steel Rike Park Concert Hall and Exhibition Center, which shines on the bank of the Mtkvari River. The juxtaposition between old and new in Tblisi makes for breathtaking vistas—no matter which style of architecture you prefer.