Iuri Gagarini St. 29a, Tbilisi

Iuri Gagarini St. 29a, Tbilisi

Constructed in the Soviet era, the building of “The Ministry of Roads” in Tbilisi, is justly considered an architectural masterpiece of the 20th century, and it can be found in many important architectural books and catalogues across the world.

How Does the Building Look?

The building was constructed in 1975 under the stewardship of Temo Tkhilava, having been designed by architects Giorgi (Gogi) Chakhava and Zura Jalaghonia.

Remarkably, this utopian architecture was created not in a free and developed country, but rather at a time when Georgia was undergoing a period of Soviet stagnation. 

The conceptual-theoretical basis for similar constructions was laid down in the 1920s with the architectural models created by Kazimir Malevich and the horizontal skyscrapers of El Lissitzky. 

There is a clear conceptual similarity shared by the works of world-famous architects, like Yona Friedman, Arata Isozaki, Kisho Kurokawa, Kenzo Tange, Moshe Safdie, and Ricardo Bofill.

The conceptualization here all points to the professional prowess and high intellect of the designers. Even under the grim conditions of the Soviet regime, these architects truly created something futuristic, which would come to be widely appreciated by the international community for decades.

The Building Today

The building, formerly home to the Ministry of Roads, is today the head office of the Bank of Georgia.


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