Interview with Officer Gary in Tbilisi:

1. The political change started in 2004.

2. The new president, from 2003 – 2012, introduced Transparency concept and thus, Rose Revolution happened.

3. Rose Revolution: All police officers were fired. Militia in Georgia replaced them and made them as crime police officers.

4. Previous officers used to beat the citizens and they were famous with bribery.

5. Officer Gary showed images of buildings including police stations that practice the ‘Transparency’ concept. One of them is Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia


The police station in Tbilisi practices the ‘Transparency” concept better than the police station in Anaklia. This can be concluded with the presence of glazing elements on respective police stations. As for the police station in Tbilisi, the whole envelope of the building is made of glazing element whereas, the police station in Anaklia has the glazing element only on its front facade. Therefore, the usage of Transparency concept for police stations are depending on the glazing elements.

the Police Stations in Georgia are the first buildings to practice Transparency Concept, they are just examples to explore the usage of Transparency Concept that can be applied to public buildings in Georgia.

The public buildings in Anaklia can be improved with a combination of both Post-Soviet and Vernacular Architecture;

Post-Soviet Architecture:
Concept of ‘Transparency’; to reveal the unseen views, to break the visual boundary between different spaces.

Vernacular Architecture:
The glazing element is more honest without depending on internal and external architecture elements.





  1. Site

A. Historical and Political Identity at Urban scale

Anaklia has a potential as a transportation hub due to its strategic location between Asia and Europe. Anaklia is also a part of Silk Road, TRACECA corridor, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars route and Viking transport corridor.

The port infrastructure is since 1960s, during the Soviet time. Anaklia somehow has outdated and backward infrastructure which now is not suitable for port infrastructure.


B. How this is exemplified in architectural form

The function is focused on “Transportation” with objects of “Ports,Harbours, Terminals and Rest stops”.

With its strategic location, the site of Anaklia can be part of Sea Freight trade routes along Black Sea for shipping services. Not just that, but the site can be a circulation of commodities between the local and other European and Asian countries.

The future project is highly advised to be in between of the border of the Black Sea and nearest railway.


C. Problem Statement

The port infrastructure in Anaklia is outdated which make it impossible to keep up with other current port infrastructures.

Anaklia currently has lack of economic interaction with other countries which lead to the high percentage of unemployed citizens.


2. Project

A. Response to Problem Statement in terms of Proposal Aims

With its lack of economic interaction, I would like to propose a project that combines the deep sea port with train station and a rest stop.

The port will provide deep sea accessibility for ships and as a focal point in shipping business. The rest stop is mainly focused on the labours as this project creates a hybrid space for working and living.

This proposal also with updated logistic technology that might creates the site as a Smart City.


B. Specific site chosen

The site is in between of the future port and the future railway.


C. Techniques

As Poti seaport is the nearest to Anakali,  the history and the logistic of it should be studied and investigated to further on the port project in Anaklia.

The information gathered from Poti seaport should be adapted to Anaklia. The port in Anaklia can act as a back up port and a doppelgänger of Poti seaport.

Poti seaport:

  • 15 berths, 8-11m draft
  • Container(325k TEU) oil products (2 mln.t) / bulk (6.8 mln. t/year)
  • APM terminals
  • New ICT

Poti seaport is more of a cargo port and it is never designed as a container terminal because it is just a feeder vessel.

D. Ultimate Endeavours

This proposed project will lead to economic & infrastructure growth with its function as a container terminal that connects with the railway for logistic of commodities purposes.

Besides that, the project will eventually becomes a new form of Entrepôt in Georgia. The site itself has the possibility to be a supply chain city with hyper local and hyper global goods.

The project is functioning simultaneously as a working and living space. This somehow creates more job opportunities and better living lifestyle for the labours/workers.




Conclusion (Prologue + Articulation)

The project of living/working and rest area space is an interaction &  midpoint of land and water transportation, creates “Transparency” in political, economical and social aspects in the logistic of the port & railway infrastructure.

As the project is also labours orientated, this will create satisfied and happy workers. Open space is also plays a role in the Transparency concept to ensure the working space is comfortable and to avoid unseen views.

The usage of Transparency concept of this project; A visible presence in urban space & society, recreate domestic space; allow people to live together with shared facilities but yet a place of solitude.






Historical and Political Identity at Urban // Geographical scale

The existing tourist spot, gathering space, buildings, monument didn’t create a successful life and link connection to people, as well as not enhance the geographic of Anaklia.

Gem Fest is one of the key event in the summer for Anaklia. However, is there any events able to reactivate Anaklia, or in winter time? Provide a more stable economic / workforce ? Is there any local human resource we can bring in ? How can the nature elements like the sea, the sun, the moon light, the mountain and other abandoned buildings (mainly the abandoned pier and the building behind) as a existing framework to drive a project to maintain Anaklia? Is there something can redefine the site in regards the orientation and program which provides  connection to both local people and tourists?


How this is exemplified in architectural form

Through the elements study of these Junctions in site, it shown that the spatial experience did not define a clear wayfinding and a meaningful promenade.(etc.from one spot to another spot)

Apart from a official iconic building, different kind of lighting in site become another wayfinding: including both Nature lighting and artificial lighting.


Problem statement

Gem Fest is the biggest event in Anaklia, is there any Events in Georgian Culture reactivates Anaklia?

If people follows light, and Light creates event, event creates movement to Anaklia, how does it work in day / night; work in an annual project for anaklia for rest of the month; and architecturally define the location that bringing life but not given a bad impact to site.



Response to Problem statement in terms of Proposal Aims


Relocate the iconic building / gathering space, Soften / blur the boundary of tourist spot and local residents. Resurrection the abandoned buildings and the cityscape. Place different fragments into the junctions, some on the road, some on the river, some on the sea, some on the beach. Each spatial fragment works with the surrounding building, and give orientation, for the future, it give a reference point for the future program, or suggest activities. Creates different pocket centre points and it become a unconscious boundary for anaklia and future develop.

Specific site chosen

Each junction, become part of spatial sequences and threshold in the site, each junction work with the others, It acts as a ‘becoming space’ (referencing to Tschumi and Derrida Parc le Villette).  ( See and seeing ) being space and becoming space..


Formal // Spatial // Narrative // Rhetorical

Techniques, Methods, Strategies and provocations (programme / form / gesture)

If an iconic building works as a physical object to wayfinding, could a void creates a insensible discovery for the site.

Discovery Anaklia these different time, through the day and night explore the city. Demonstrate a chronograph project in Anaklia. Give Anaklia a new event / new routine.


Ultimate Endeavours

How this relates to site (historical)identity & problem statement?


Through a series of object Redefine the orientation in the site, use nature element to develop a new axis, a insensible wayfinding / junctions as a link to reconnect the site for people(Sun / Mountain / sea / moon? Abandoned building)

This project sets up a guide for any future development / (like a master plan but using time base to order the programs and event)


Create 24/7 Events /Flow / port / and tourist / create a new routine for Anaklia.


It became a Event city . Activate anaklia.