Wooden crown By Nodar Charkviani & Tatia Gvelesiani

Wooden crown

By Nodar Charkviani & Tatia Gvelesiani

The project is located in Tbilisi - capital of Georgia. The construction area is in the southern part of the city called - Krtsanisi. It’s a highly urbanized residential district, where are also located some governmental and strategic buildings. For this project we have chosen two identical structures, which are about 1 km apart from each other – These round, concrete, parking buildings, were built in soviet period, in 1960s and are representing the brutal soul of that period. Unfortunately, today, these buildings are unused and under the risk of demolition.

For design conception we took an old Georgian architectural roofing element, called – Gvirgvini, English translation of which is – crown. It is a group of wooden beams placed in form of square or octagon. Beams lay on each other like “layers”, every following “layer” is smaller than previous, so  they form some sort o cone-like shape.

 We decided to transform this ancient roofing element into residential building, and place it on the top of round parking structure.  The main structural elements were made from Kerto® LVL Beams. The filling walls and floors were also made from Kerto LVL Panels and Kerto Ripa.

On the first floor we placed social spaces like: market, café, recreational space and etc. Because of the chosen building this floor is accessible for automobiles. 

Every other floor is residential. Each living apartment is placed in separate block of the “crown”. For vertical communication are used wooden stairs, which are spinning around the building and making interesting composition.

This sort of architecture can be easily used on other buildings, which are big enough to carry this structure, so we can make a “wooden crown” for every big building which needs a new life.​


City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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