While composing  this article, the good part was that a lot of buildings in Tbilisi turned out to be  attractive and very sophisticated. Nor is the city lacking a diversity of architectural styles and writing about them is a great pleasure. The bad news, however, is that there is a larger number of ugly buildings than beautiful ones. Although we focused on the city centre, still could not avoid those tasteless buildings, which result from the collaboration of non-professional architects and stubborn clients.

These are 10  ugliest and 15 most beautiful buildings in Tbilisi.
10  Ugliest Buildings in Tbilisi


10. Residential Complex near “300 Aragveli” underground station

Pay attention to how pale yellow facade harmoniouslysuits blue glass. Tbilisi is said to have the most wonderful views, especially if you look out of the verandas covered with metal grates.




Residential Complex near "300 Aragveli" underground ©Nanouk Zaalishvili

Residential Complex near "300 Aragveli" underground ©Nanouk Zaalishvili


9. University “SEU”

Initially, this building was just nondescript and ugly. After it was crowned with a scrap construction, the building has already become outstandingly ugly.
University "SEU" ©Nanouk Zaalishvili

8. Residential building behind the I school.

This “monster” sits on top of the first school and completely blocks the view of Mtatsminda. With its inappropriate design and architecture which is absolutely tasteless for this century, it distorts the center of town and is a miserable thing with itsdumbly colored facade.


 Residential Building behind the 1st school ©Ninuca Kakabadze


7. Tbilisi Academy of Arts block

It would be ugly for the suburbs as well, but I wonder why  Academy of Art has building like this  located in the city’s historic part – this is the question which has remained unanswered for years.


 Tbilisi Academy of Arts ©Nanouk Zaalishvili


6. “Wissol” building in Chavchavadze Ave.

The city is divided in two parts while assessing this building. Some claim that it looks like a banana, while others stubbornly insist that itis more like a cake. I’m somewhere in the middle, I suppose it is a banana cake which I want to devour and make it vanish.


 “Wissol” building ©Ninuca Kakabadze


5. “Center Point” Residential complex in Chavchavadze Ave.

The construction company “Center Point” has introduced its another masterpiece and what we would call – a hipster building in the city, especially with sophisticated black and gray tones, harmoniously reflected in the architecture. By the way, if you see a crane behind, do not suppose that it is still in use. It was just left behind, because the complex was built around it and therefore it could not be extraxted from the whole scene afterwards. #Professionalism


 Center Point residential complex ©Ninuca Kakabadze


4.  “Center Point” Residential complex

Construction company “Axis” once built a yellow building, it has already faded however and so, it makes Tbilisi horizon even more attractive. Famous critics awarded this building an eclectic style, with its variety of forms and their harmonious synthesis. In City Hall it is being gossiped that this building is expected to receive a status of monument.

 Center Point residential complex ©Nanouk Zaalishvili


3. Casino “Shangrila”

We decided to evaluate this building using a 10 -point scale (if it might be called a building at all):

Environmental Adjustment: -100

Architecture / Design: -10

Environmental Adjustment: -100

Vanity of the world: -10

Environmental Adjustment: -100

Love and Understanding: -10

Environmental Adjustment: -100

Function (in this part of the city): -1000

Environmental Adjustment: -100


Casino "Shangrila" ©Ninuca Kakabadze


2. Tbilisi Mall

You can’t leave or arrive to the city without noticing this “high-quality” building, which welcomes everybody with its colors. It was constructed by “Rakeen Development” several years ago. Even if we do not mention the interior design, it will be unfair not to emphasize the facade coloured by nursery school children, with very simple, rectangular shapes. One quote defines this building very accurately: “All genius is simple, but everything that is simple, is not genius”.


Tbilisi Mall ©www.buro247.ru


1. “Kare” Building

Unconditional and unrivaled leader of this list is “Kare” building in David Agmashenebeli’s alley aka the “spiral”. Observe how refined each of  these spiraled lines is. We should also mention the architectural composition, which obviously has a very clear concept and therefore perfectly suits this place. Look at how accurately the character of the environment has been seized by the architect and how this building refines and complements the surroundings.


"Kare" Building  ©Ninuca Kakabadze



15 Most Beautiful Buildings in Tbilisi


15. Shopping Center “PIXEL” on Chavchavadze Ave.

Architect: Wandel Hoefer Lorch

Year: 2008


 Shopping Center PIXEL ©Nino Alavidze


14. Residential Complex on Chavchavadze Ave.

Architect: Studio ARCI/ Rati Chomakhidze

Year: 2013

 Residential Complex ©Michael Vincent Manalo



13. National Bank on Airport Highway

Architect: Studio Arci / T.Kvantaliani , R.Khetashvili, Q.Chanturia
Year: 2013

National Bank on airport highway

12. Czech Embassy 

 Czech Embassy ©Ninutsa Kakabadze



11.  Former Marriage Palace

Architects: Viktor Jorbenadze, Vazha Orbladze
Cosntructor: Givi Pitskhelauri


Former Marriage Palace


10.  Housing and Office Building on Abuladze str.

Architect: Studio ARCI / G.Abuladze, R.Chomakhidze, I.Balavadze
Year: 2007-2008


Housing and Office Building ©Ninutsa Kakabadze


9. Melik Azarianci Building

Architect: N. Obelinski

Year: 1900


Melik Azarianci Building ©ciugroup412.blogspot.com


8. Former Building of National Bank


 Former National Bank  ©Ninutsa Kakabadze


7. The 6th School on Asatiani str.

Architect: Alexander Ozerov
Year: 1893


 School #6 ©teasblogi.wordpress.com


6. House of Justice

Architect: Masimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Year: 2010-12


 თბილისის იუსტიციის სახლი  ©Studio Fuksas


5.  Office Building

Architect: Architectural Bureau
Year: 2012

Office building



4. Ministry of Justice


 Ministry of Justice


3. Avetik Ghukasiani House

Architect: Paul Stern


Avetik Ghukasiani House©teasblogi.wordpress.com


2. Prosecutor’s office

Architect: Architects of Invention

Year: 2012


 © თბილისის პროკურატურის შენობა


1. Bank of Georgia

Architect: Giorgi Chakhava, Zurab Jalaghonia.

Year: 1975



 ©საქართველოს ბანკი


Author: Nanouk Zaalishvili

English Edit: Nino Namoradze

Cover Photo:  Bryan Solarski




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