Architects: David Giorgadze Architects; Maxime Maxhaidze; Givi Maghradze
Location: Mziuri Park, Tbilisi
Area: 1820 m2
Text provided by the architects:
“Mziuri – the city of children” is the original name of the theme park built in the 1980s. The park was based on the stories of a Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze, who once went to Disneyland, got inspired and decided to build a park for Georgian kids. Mziuri park is located between two neighbor districts so it also functions as a passage between them. This is the place where kids bond, make new friends and grow; it’s a “ghetto Disneyland” on a post-soviet land.
The new parkour ground and the skate park are located next to each other so these two tribes could observe one another and communicate. We designed the parkour ground as a symbol of the city, the shapes of obstacles and its distribution creates ambiance of scaled-down buildings. The parkour ground represents a circle and makes a metaphor of constant movement.
The skating area consists of two parts: it starts out as a street plaza skate park and flows into a half pipe that goes under the bridge and then ends with a bowl tail, fully repeating the original shape of the canal. apart from skating the park has many spots for observers – the bridge, which turns random passers-by into observers and gives them an opportunity to get to know, or become a part of the skate and parkour culture, maybe just a glance, the unexpected joy that will accompany one’s day like a good prayer. There is an amphitheater, that also goes under the bridge and follows the skate park, everyone is welcome here, and will easily find a spot.”
We talked to David Giorgadze about Mziuri skatepark and Parkourground:
When we’re talking about the park, we’re also talking about the city that surrounds it. It’s been a year since the Mziuri rehabilitation project, what has changed in Tbilisi in that time?
– The way people use the Mziuri Park shows how significant relaxation, open space and greenery is to the people of Tbilisi. It’s about the importance of space, the chance to meet and to strengthen relationships with each other and with nature. Because of the way the city has grown and expanded over the years – sometimes very haphazardly and badly – it has contributed to stress and tension. We need spaces where we can unwind and be ourselves.
How was Mziuri Skate Park and Parkourground created? Tell us about the experience of working with the state municipality and what you see as the quality of the completed project.
– Maxime Machaidze and I started the development of Mziuri Skate Park and Parkourground with our friends who are skaters and used their ideas in what we created. These spaces we designed were a first for Tbilisi, so the design and build required clear standards and new technologies. We wanted to create a space where skaters could not only perform their usual routines and tricks but also provide a space for people to watch and be drawn in to what was happening. I should also say that from the beginning to the end of this project, the Deputy Mayor of the city at that time, Sopho Khuntsaria, helped enormously in keeping the Town hall authorities on side.
Did the Mziuri Park experience influence Dedaena Park?
– Dedaena Skate Park has been developed in a dramatically different way to Mziuri, where there are more diverse opportunities for skating and tricks. But we used the experience of working at Mziuri in Dedaena Park. It, too, provides an opportunity for spectators to interact with the skaters and the environment; significantly affects the dynamics of the park. These two parks are part of a larger concept that has potential for future developments.
Author: Lile Absandze