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Wedding palace in Tbilisi Soviet Modernist palace for rituals

Wedding palace in Tbilisi

Bochorma st. 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia
ARCHITECTS NAME: Victor Jorbenadze

  • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1984


  • SPACE TYPE: Church / Place of worship

  • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

Tags: Georgia, Totally Lost 2015

If we look at the location of the Palace of Weddings, we’ll see how hideous this part of Tbilisi is. It was like this before as well. This building became the first and the main feature of this outskirt. It is very expressive contrary to this place as well as other soviet-era buildings. Even then this was such an indifferent location – with no sense of architecture, anti-architectural as one might say. The architect, Victor Jorbenadze, managed to create a sterile architectural zone with this building.

In retrospect, we can assign a historical importance to this building as Victor Jorbenadze was a man interested in architecture and multitude architectural experiences went through his prism. The Palace of Weddings is an outcome of these numerous experiences. We can recall early Modernism, Expressionism and late Modernism – an example of this is Corbusier and his Notre Dame du Haut located in Ron champ, anthroposophical architectural models, Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower and etc.

It should be noted that in contrast to the current architectural scene where the primary search occurs by creating composite situations (as in the main weapon of today’s architecture is creating various compositional situations), the characteristic of this building is the pursuit of harmony.

It might be alienated because of its grand-scale but its exterior doesn’t feel foreign and the interior is in complete harmony with man.

David Bostanashvili (architectural historian)

1984 Wedding Palace Plan

“Take a look! What do you see?”
More info about its shape on architectuul.com

Ana Chorgolashvili

Researcher

Ana Chorgolashvili was born in 1986 in Tbilisi. She graduated Tbilisi State Academy Of Arts, Faculty of restoration Art Theory and History. Ana works as an architecture researcher, documentary photographer, video artist and graphic designer.

CONTRIBUTOR: Ana Chorgolashvili