8-23-VI forms a permanent gathering space for the residents of entrance VI of Block 23, in the 8th district of Gldani - a vast Soviet-built housing district in Tbilisi, Georgia. Commissioned as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, the pavilion’s rotating panels mediate the boundary between public and private territories.
8-23-VI connects the semi-private circulation space of Block 23 with the surrounding public realm, extending and activating the threshold between them. In the context of Gldani’s planned but since neglected public realm, the project re-activates this space as a common ground for collective use. By blurring the boundary between the private interior and an activated public exterior, the project questions norms of ownership and individuality that have emerged in post-Soviet Georgia.
A continuous surface of rotating panels allows the pavilion to transform between a private room - an extension of the block’s domestic spaces - and a more open and fragmented threshold. The pavilion’s folding walls redefine the relationship between public-private as ambiguous and ever-changing. By inviting transformation and interaction, the pavilion’s rotating panels echo the strategies of appropriation evident in Gldani’s many self-built garages and extensions, but reframes them as a collective practice.
A bespoke ball-bearing mechanism enables each panel to rotate around a fixed column. These panels are wrapped in corrugated roofing, tapering towards each corner to form handles with which each panel can be pushed or pulled.
An undulating blockwork and timber plinth traces the perimeter of the rotating panels, marking the boundary of the pavilion as a threshold to be inhabited in multiple ways. A central opening to the sky reinforces this edge, and the shifting heights of the plinth invites varying forms of adaptation and use.
8-23-VI establishes a new common ground for the residents of Block 23, with an architectural medium that embraces transformation and collective use.
8-23-VI is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)
Commissioned by Tbilisi Architecture Biennial
Construction - ALL-P Metal / Zviad Chachanidze
Local Coordination - Nikusha Lomidze
KADK - Niels Grønbæk / Political Architecture: Critical Sustainability