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10 Ongoing Errors of Urban Development in Tbilisi

10. Recreational zones without a status, privatized plots inside them and ongoing constructions Being actively assisted by the developer City Hall on one hand and choked in the concrete jungle on the other hand, the citizens have been engaged in a desperate battle for already several years. The Tbilisi City Hall is actively continuing to […]

Courtesy of Idaaf Architects

Young Georgian Architects to Renovate Gudauri’s Iconic Soviet Modernism Monument

Project: “Peace Monument” Rehabilitation Project and Facilities Customer: Kazbegi Municipality Total Area: 7745 sq.m Building Area: 445 sq.m Authors: IDAAF Architects | Saxon Management Services Location: Gudauri, Georgia Year: 2017 The Gudauri ski resort is located 120 km north of Tbilisi, an altitude of 2196m above sea level. The number of visitors to the village […]

Courtesy of WUNDERWERK

Residential Villas for the Golf Complex  

Project: Residential Villas Architect: WUNDERWERK + David Giorgadze Total Area: 500 Ha Location: Teleti, Georgia Client: Primera Golf and Residence Design Team: Gigi Shukakidze, David Giorgadze, Nikoloz Lomidze, Sandro Gharibashvili Competition: Winner Year: 2016   ‘Primera Residence Development and Construction LLC’  are planning to build golf complex on the Teleti hill. The project includes constructions […]

Photo: Gio Sumbadze

Floating Piers for Water Skiing in Kvareli

Location: Kvareli, Georgia Studio: David Giorgadze Architects Authors: David Giorgadze (1985 Georgia); Ivane Khuchua (1955 Georgia) Total area: 440 sq.m Usable floor area: 69 sq.m Year completed: 2015   A floating pier for water skiing is beyond the traditional understanding of architecture and reaches more wide perception of art. Its aesthetical values are based on golden […]

თბილისის ძველი ფოტოები. Old photos of Tbilisi

Dead Places in Tbilisi and How to Revive Them

“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” – David Attenborough (Planet Earth II) BEGINNING While the laureate of the highest architectural award, the Pritzker Prize 2016, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena sees a solution to […]

Photograph by Tony Webster

Donald Trump’s Architectural Taste

US billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump won the elections and will take over the US 45th president’s place in 2017. Therefore the world’s attention is drawn to him. The Trump family is under the watchful eye of the media and any detail about them is a headliner in news. Owner of a various businesses, […]

Courtesy of Stipfold

Stipfold Team Designed Whitest Interior and Named It Cave

Architecture: STIPFOLD Design/Project Leader: Beka Pkhakadze Copywriter: Mika Motskobili Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Area: 150 sq.m. Year: 2015-16   Architectural studio Stipfold finished their interior project in Tbilisi. The apartment is in white color and makes contrast with the timber and water color blue. Design, which was developed by a team for this particular apartment, has […]

Courtery of Foster + Partners

Droneport – The Smallest Airport in Norman Foster’s Career

Droneport – Norman Foster is reducing scales and builds the smallest airport in Rwanda for drones. With the message ‘Reporting from the Front’ the Curator of the XV architectural Biennale Alejandro Aravena has put the focus of the star architects on interesting concepts for developing countries. One of these projects is Droneport by Foster + […]

Polish Pavilion 'Fair Building'

Polish Pavilion ‘Fair Building’ Shows what Working Conditions at the Building Sites are

Very different from other countries’ pavilions, Poland at the same time has raised very important issues. Pavilion consisted of metal scaffolds and screens placed between them, where different videos from construction sites were running. The composition created by scaffolds occupied the entire room. Videos conveyed the hard life of construction workers, events taking place there […]

© Iwan Baan

Bjarke Ingels completed VIA 57 West on Manhattan

Star architect’s, Bjarke Ingels (BIG) half-pyramid VIA 57 West is completed on Manhattan and it’s exactly what we expected it to be: sharp, moderately ambitious and filled with the spirit of “ it should be completely different from the city’s other skyscrapers”. Founded in 2005, the Danish company (BIG) consists of architects, designers and builders […]

Photo: Nanuka Zaalishvili

Soviet Bus Stops In Georgia #2

My “hunt” on Soviet bus stops continues in different regions of Georgia. This time I’m presenting the second (and not the last) part of the collected material. First part you can check here: This isn’t a photo project yet, it’s more of a documentation of currently existing material. Photo project turned out to be more […]

Photo Courtesy: Villamartin Museum

Restoration of Castle Matrera in Spain

Built in ninth century castle of Matrera near Villamartin in Spain for a long time had stood firm against enemy and endured numerous invasions and sieges; but no one can withstand time and the building became more like the ruins over time. Over the period of its existence, Matrera has changed its owners for several […]

Photo Courtesy of designdautore.blogspot.com

Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja aka Red Wall in Calpe, Spain                

In Mediterranean coastal city of Calpe “red wall” has been “erected” since 1968. La Muralla Roja’s bright colors contrast with environment , or perfectly compliment it. In this apartment complex of Ricardo Bofill, influence of Arabic Mediterranean architecture can be felt. Construction of La Muralla Roja was completed in 1973 and the design belongs to […]

Jazz Hotel courtesy of Surgula Studio

Jazz Hotel in Tbilisi by Surgula Studio

Architecture/Interior  Design: Surgula Studio   Location: D. Uznadze Str. Tbilisi, Georgia Status: Under construction Total area: 1415 sq.m Planned date of opening: 2018   24 room Jazz Hotel consists of four floors and a functional roof, the premises allocated as listed below: Level -1: Small conference room, technical floor Level 1 outdoor: square with water mirror in front of […]

Photo: James Mollison
Image courtesy of Surface Magazine

The Architecture of Improvement: How Alejandro Aravena Is Changing the World With Beautiful, Practical Buildings

IDAAF PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THIS YEAR’S PRITZKER PRIZE–WINNING ARCHITECT, ALEJANDRO ARAVENA, FROM SURFACE — THE AMERICAN MAGAZINE OF GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. THE ARTICLE APPEARS AS THE COVER STORY OF ITS POWER 100 ISSUE, WHICH LAUNCHED LAST WEEK. READ ON FOR THE INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY ROCKY CASALE AND REFLECTIONS FROM SURFACE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, SPENCER BAILEY: […]

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