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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.


The ground floor level conceits of main offices of The House of Justice including:- Prosecutor's Office- Civil Registration Agency- National Registration Agency- Energetics Office- Hall For Wedding Registration Ceremony- Main Operation Hall. The interaction of the programme and the stage of the proposed building emerged based on a number of considerations:

• Primarily, the desire to preserve the usage of the site as a place where large amount of people can use the platform as a park. The enclosed part of the building would be used for a needs of House of Justice - the open platform would be used of community needs.

• A focus has been given to introducing a raised-slope platform, which has different purposes throughout the year - a platform beach in the summer, and a snowboard slope in winter.

• Two random shaped objects represent - dynamics, solidity and distinguished purpose of the building, though green colouring represent - calmness and trust.

• Introducing the slope platform as the main interaction-point of the programme was derived from an analysis of public spaces, community life and local climate. The relative access and recreational opportunities for each component of the programme resulted in an optimal development focus to meet all possible public needs. All functions of the building have separate access points to the slope platform making the platform an open connection zone.

• The project relies on one level of building programme in order to maximise the use of land and budget. The building consists of a ground floor with double-height spaces and a multipurpose roof.

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