Tbilisi, GE


Nikozi Art Palace

What is the purpose of art in this case?
What can we propose opposite the occupation? Our response is progress. We
considered the context and went with a completely contemporary design,
as we wanted to deliver the message loudly and spread it widely.

We perceived the Art Palace as having a gravitational pull in the
environment. The building is trying to amplify this traction and become
an interesting educational and cultural center. The architecture is
inviting and eliminates any kind of barrier. The project is molded
around the existing urban fabric.

The Art Palace is directly linked to the football stadium next to it and
partly represents its tribune, which is convertible into an open
amphitheater. The latter is intended for hosting open-air performances
and social gatherings. A screen is also in place for the animation
festival, which could be held outdoors in case the weather accommodates
it. The tall massive wall can be used for climbing.

We symbolically charged the architecture of the screening room and its
roof represents a vantage point/belvedere with a broad view of the
surroundings. The building architecture wends toward this high point and
offers the guests a captivating experience.

We thought the parking space had a potential issue of being regularly
under-occupied. We divided the area into two lots, one of which would be
for everyday use and another accommodate the event attendees. the
latter adopts an additional functionality of a skate park, which could
attract the youth and become their favorite spot.

The architecture is organically reflected in the interior. The hall
incorporates an enclosed space resembling an amphitheater, which borders
a media library and a cafeteria.
Visiting local cultural sites inspired us to use a material that would be both
contemporary and durable. Georgian bas-relief on the building could
carry a message into an adventurous future.

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Nikozi, GE
Additional Credits: 
Project Team: Beka Pkhakadze / George Bendelava / Giorgi Zakashvili / Levan Gogava
Copywriter: Mika Motskobili
Location: Nikozi / Georgia
Type: Cultural Center
Area: 1600 m²
Year: 2021