A Look Into Georgian Architecture with David Kezerashvili

Since the Soviet annexation of Georgia in 1922, Tbilisi and the rest of the country started to differ dramatically in all ways imaginable. Architecturally, the rest of Georgia hasn’t been affected as much as the capital city. It can be seen through the mix of Soviet buildings and the beautiful old city from before the Soviet era. While very different, Tbilisi and other cities in the country are still more alike than different. This merging of two vastly different styles produced a city that’s unlike any other on the planet. The legacy of the Soviets remains, but major efforts are undertaken to take the city both to its roots and modernity at the same time.

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The Situation In Tbilisi

Throughout world history, Tbilisi was a very important center. Located on the silk road, right between Asia and Europe. It was a hub for all trade for more than millennia. With history dating back to the 5th century, Tbilisi had many architectural influences. Many can still be seen to this day. The mix of Middle Ages medieval style, neoclassicism, French-styles, Persian, and Armenian notes creates a unique type of local feel. The Stalinist buildings seem to be a blot on the landscape when viewed from this lens. Modern architecture is rapidly developing and it truly shows on the streets of the city.

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The Way Forward

One of the glaring examples worth mentioning is the Tbilisi Public Service Hall. It’s setting the tone for future structures, one that the public gives a warm welcoming reaction to. Reinvigorating the look of the whole neighborhood, it’s a reminder that transforming Tbilisi doesn’t have to be a hard process. Step by step, Georgians can make it breathtaking again.

Vake Plaza

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Regarding style and aesthetics, Levan Mushkudiani and Khatuna Mikaberidze truly showed what modern design can be. The building was inspired by the style of renowned modern architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or Richard Neutra. With a simple yet fascinating design outside, it is definitely one of the landmarks in the city that attracts plenty of attention. Inside, it is comfortable, reserved, and made for work, with efficiency and the least amount of distraction in mind. Stellar would be the word to describe the interiors, and bold from the outside.

With a convenient location right next to Vake Park, a vast area of more than 200-hectares, one could easily see the benefit of taking a walk there after a long workday. As parking is an enormous problem in the city, Kezerashvili planned and built the biggest parking lot in the city, which takes up one-third of the center’s area of more than 30,000 square meters.

Final thoughts

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