The adults want all the best for kids always and everywhere. The majority of children spend the biggest part of a day in the kindergartens. The parents are always interested with the existing conditions, hygiene, menu, etc. in the kindergartens, but rarely with the building itself, as such.

In general, the number of public kindergartens in Tbilisi is an unambiguous problem. The registration of a child in the group is a difficult task and there is a constant lack of places. While the educational program and all the other conditions and assets leave the majority of the private kindergartens far behind, by the reason of absence of places the parents are often forced to take their kids to some private kindergarten which can’t provide all necessary conditions for a child’s mental and physical development, will that be interior or outdoor spaces.

IDAAF is going to present several kindergarten buildings in Tbilisi from the number of the most interesting and the best. Though none of the names of authors is known for us they deserve the attention indeed. In each of them we can see, how importantly it has been considered to create the functionally proper environment in this buildings, in the not so distant past.

The first one in our list for today is the building of “Imedi Saburtalo”. It has been known for IDAAF, that the building was built in 1984 by the group of Germans instead of the dog training center located on that plot of land. This part of the city was newly forming and it became a crucial need for the locals – so called „М.В.Д” (MIA) employees, to have such object in the neighborhood.

The planning is logically arranged. The most interesting part of the building is the hall surrounded by the ramp, located in the center of the kindergarten. The lighting is natural everywhere. The specifics of relief has helped the yard to be organized in several levels, both from front and back sides. The façade catches an eye with its characteristic mosaic.

The next one, kindergarten #150 was built in the beginning of the XX century, same as the biggest part of the buildings in this part of old Tbilisi. The owner of the building was a wealthy citizen Gaidamakin. In 1917 the property was confiscated and since then the largest part of building serves as a nursery.  The building has got the hospital assignment during World War II. The following transformation in planning and structure happened in 1990s due to the partial change of the function, to be more exact it combined the school in itself. In addition to this the refugees have been resettled here in 2008. Later the façade was renovated as well.

However, in terms of visual the wall surfaces painted in pink do not bland into the street panorama and suit this particular building stylistically. The interesting detail is the relief placed onto the yard retaining wall, still showing the soviet name on the kindergarten, it is also painted in pink. The relief will remind you the “Girl with Balloon” by Niko Pirosmani for sure, but with soviet gesticulation and expression style of course. It is surprising, but some of the facade decoration still remain intact.

The interesting sample of Soviet legacy is the architecture of  the 95th kindergarten. The renovation of the building is currently ongoing there and it is going to be equipped with the energy-efficient systems. The volume of the building suits the street panorama. The distinguished detail of the façade is the window openings, mostly designed as illuminators. The building has a moderate courtyard and some number of terraces. The main advantage of the project is the central space in the interior surrounded with the stairs and located under the dome, which is perceived from the exterior as a pyramid alike shape.

The construction of new kindergartens in Tbilisi is ongoing, for example recently the garden #182 was completed in the Gldani district. Though the obvious attempt of creating a modern architecture can be observed, the apparent improvement of the external materials and special attention is required to the visual side. Same can be said regarding interior. In any case, as the City Hall web page reports  350 more kids will have an opportunity to go to the kindergarten next academic year.




Author: Tata Alkhazashvili


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