Design for a challenging natural environment
The site for Anaklia Smart City is uniquely positioned between the new Anaklia Special Economic Zone and the Kolkheti National Park. Sandwiched by two rivers the development area consists of wetlands, lakes and creeks, sand dunes, small farms and clusters of houses. It is also situated in a high-risk earthquake and tsunami zone.
The ambition is to become a world-class port city, the premier hub for the Black Sea Coast and a significant driver of the regional economy.
A vibrant green polycentric city
The creation of waterways will be an important part of the flood management strategy, and will deliver an internal network of public and private waterborne transport, reducing pressure on roads. Landfill will raise the ground level of the city protecting against tsunamis and maximising the area for development.
The city will comprise a series of towns or clusters. Each town will have its own distinct character, with all the facilities needed to support a vibrant community. Unique but complementary industry clusters - including advanced agri-business, IT and education - will create an environment conducive to innovation and productivity.
A sustainable urban infrastructure corridor enables people to work, live and play within walking and accessible public transport distance from their homes. A continuous network of walking and cycling routes will provide a safe, high quality environment to move around the city, with open spaces occupying 37% of the 630 ha development.
Each neighbourhood is integrated into the city by a permeable urban block strategy, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to pass through but no motorised vehicles, and with a safe play area for children in the centre. 30% of all housing will be affordable distributed across the city.
Buildings will be made from recycled natural and manmade materials. Modular and modern construction methods will guard against over-building, matching demand and supply for both residential, commercial and industrial space. Tall buildings will be located at transport hubs with wide reaching views of the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains.
The introduction of city wide policies will be key to deliver the city vision. These will encourage resource management, sustainable forms of production and consumption and extraction of maximum benefit from residual waste