Soviet Bus Stops In Georgia
By Nana Zaalishvili
"My "hunt" for Soviet Bus Stops began in 2015 and covered almost all the regions of Georgia. These bus stops are both an interesting reminder of the past but, for me, also represent a fascinating glimpse into Georgian architecture when it was limited by Soviet norms. My hunt threw up much new information as I worked on this photo project and revealed much that was new and valuable. These small but very functional architectural spaces, designed to provide shelter from the weather, can be found in every part of Georgia and take many different shapes and forms. But they also represent a kind of freedom as Georgian architects experimented with interesting designs and decorations to produce a very Georgian take on a simple public utility that was free of Soviet restrictions and expressed their ideas and sense of style. They are heritage pieces as they provide some of the most important examples of Georgian architecture from the Soviet period. It’s worth noting that several of the bus stops are the work of, Giorgi Chakhava, one the most noted of twentieth century Georgian architects. His bus stops in Patara Kanda, Borjomi and Tezeri a have been given cultural heritage protected status because of their importance and the quality of their design. Sadly, many of the stops are in a state of disrepair and there is a danger they will simply collapse and disappear. Yet to preserve them requires very little resource. Given the role they play in our architectural heritage with their amazing diverse forms and decorations, it is important to preserve them for future generations and as a source of inspiration to today’s architects. Nanuka Zaalishvili - (1988) Master of Architecture. Founder of the online magazine IDAAF and Architectural Studio - IDAAF Architects. Participant and winner of various international architectural competitions and workshops including p "Man Town Human" (London, 2014) and workshops at Zaha Hadid Architects, Arup Associates, Amin Taha Architects, Architectural Review Magazine and etc.