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Crematorium in Mukhatgverdi A Soviet Modernist architecture of Tbilisi

Crematorium in Mukhatgverdi

Cemetery in Mukhatgverdi. Tbilisi. Georgia
ARCHITECTS NAME: Victor Jorbenadze,



Tags: Georgia, Totally Lost 2015

The  was built by famous Georgian architect Victor Jorbenadze. The architectural complex of the crematorium consists from several buildings with different functions and none of them is functioning now.

1955 USSR the State Committee passes a Reso­lution: “On elimination of excesses in design and construction”, which radically changed the whole course of development of soviet architecture. The major challenge of Soviets of that time was accom­modation of the population. To ameliorate a severe housing shortage, new mass construction drive spawned districts with model apartment houses, so called “Khrushchyovka”-s designed by soviet architects.

Meanwhile along with mass housing projects buildings of different profiles and individ­ual designs started to emerge in various soviet re­publics following local traditions and environment. To catch up with the new trend,  the Georgian ar­chitects also started experimenting with forms and aesthetics for defining a new national architecture.

In the course of time, some part of this important Architectural heritage was destroyed while some of them are still awaiting the city authorities’ verdict whether they should be demolished or undergo a brutal reconstruction.


Ana Chorgolashvili


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