10 Bizarre Examples of Communist Architecture

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9 Bank of Georgia Headquarters

The former Soviet Republic of Georgia and its capital Tbilisi are home to an 18-story building that was projected with nature in mind. Namely, its architect George Chakhava wanted to lift the building off the ground, so that nature can thrive underneath. In his work, Chakhava employed the Space City Method, where the building minimizes its use of ground space, leaving it to the foliage. The plan worked, as the building is complemented with plenty of green scenery, softening the brutalist lines of the building itself.

The structure is characterized by sharp geometrics, integrating several cuboid sections, with exposed concrete exterior typical of Brutalism. Built in 1975 for the Ministry of Highway Construction of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, the building fell into temporary disuse after Georgia declared its independence from the Soviet Union. Since 2007, and extensive renovation work, it has been home to the Bank of Georgia.


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