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Poti HOJ

Poti is the largest port in Georgia, located on the eastern Black Sea coast in the region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti in the west of the country. Built near the site of the ancient Greek colony of Phasis, the city has become a major port city and industrial centre since the early 20th century, exporting Georgia's manganese and coal. It is also home to a main naval base and the headquarters of the Georgian navy. Poti port area is planned to become a free economic zone within the framework of a Georgian-United Arab Emirates project inaugurated in April 2008.

The city lies at an altitude of two meters above sea level. The city's climate is humid subtropical with mild and warm winters and hot summers. The average annual temperature is 14.1 °C; 2 °C in January, and 22.9 °C in July. Rainfall is abundant and reaches 1,960 mm per annum.

The site is located in the centre of Poti on the Twelve Apostles semi-circle square filling up one of the missing gaps in the building chain of the envelope. The site is 50m wide and 80m long with short side facing the square. The surrounding area is mostly residential represented by two to four storied buildings. The Neo-Byzantine cathedral, constructed in 1906-7 is situated in the middle of the square which acts as the main focal points of radially surrounding streets. There is large theatre hall on one and new Radisson hotel on the other are being constructed adjacent to the site.

'Rolling Stones'

Two dynamic objects are rolling backwards from the platform acting as dynamic forces scattering towards the square. Each of this two shapes are equal in it's form but differ in scale. By rotating each of them we introduce two completely different objects in two different states of movement. An open inclined platform acts like an open amphitheatre for viewing the Twelve Apostles Square and the Cathedral. The elevated landscape acts like the sea washing of the sides of the objects creating open and enclosed courtyards within the platform. Oxidised cooper finished facades bring large amount of colour and distinguishes solid state of these 'two' objects.

Project Details
Concept Proposal
Poti, Georgia
Ministry of Justice of Georgia
1620 m²
Public Office, CRA/NBE/NAPR, Energetics Office, Wedding Hall, Prosecutor's Office
Davit Dolidze, Nikoloz Japaridze, Nika Maisuradze, Devi Kituashvili, Vano KSnelashvili, Gogiko Sakvarelidze, Davit Tsanava
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