Chakhava, Giorgi

* 14.05.1923 Tbilisi, Georgia

† 25.08.2007 Tbilisi

Architect

Giorgi (Gogi) Chakhava was born in 1923 in Tbilisi. In 1941 he became a student at the Rostov Military Pilot School and went to World War II. After demobilisation he started to study architecture. In 1949 he graduated from the Georgian Politechnical Institute, majoring in Architecture. In 1949 he started working as a junior architect in “Tbilkalakprojekt“. From 1951 he worked as a senior architect for “Soyuzdorproekt” Tbilisi bureau, as a leader of the brigade, leading specialist and the head of Department of civil and Industrial buildings. From 1966 to 1968 he was a senior architect at “Gushosdor,” In 1968-1981 The deputy Minister of Ministry of Road Construction of Georgia, In 1981-1989 senior architect at the Ministry of Construction of Georgian SSR. He founded his own architectural office in 1992 and was the chairman of the Association of Georgian Engineers. From 2005 he was a member of the Specialized Council of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

Giorgi Chakhava was an honored architect of Georgia, Laureate of the Prize of the Council of Ministers of Soviet Union (1983); An honorable member of Architecture Academy of Eastern Countries (1992); A Laureate of Honorary Awards of the Georgian Union of Architects as well as the Soviet Union; and Member of the Board of the Union of Architects of Georgia.

Photos: Giorgi Chakhava personal Archive, The National Library

Main Projects

– Residential house, Tbilisi, Kostava 76, 1955

– Residential house, Tbilisi, Kurdiani 16, 1955

– Building of “Soyuzdorproekt”, Tbilisi, Saakadze sq. 1956 (Alexandre Valabuev, Giorgi Chakhava)

– Eastern Bus Station, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 1956

– Bus Station “Samarkand”, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1964 (Giorgi Chakhava, Irakli Maskharashvili, Dodo Sekhniasvili)

– A four floor multi-apartment house with pre-fabricated Block Rooms, Tbilisi, Saburtalo micro-district. 1959

– Salang Tunnel Portals and Summer Hunting House for King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, Hindukush Mountains, Afghanistan, 1963-1964 (Giorgi Chakhava, Irakli Maskharashvili, Otar Nakhutsrishvili, Dodo Sekhniashvili)

– Bus Station, Alushta, Crimea, Ukraine, 1960-1965 (Giorgi Chakhava, L. Gudiashvili. Structural engineer: Niokolai Linevich)

Bus Station, Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine 1962-1964 (Giorgi Chakhava, Otar Nakhutsrishvili, Zurab Djalaghania, Dodo Sekhniashvili. Structural engineer: Nikolai Linevich)

Colchian Joint, “Building Element” – various projects. Bus stop pavilions etc.. 1968

The Ministry of Road Construction, Tbilisi 1969-1975 (Giorgi Chakhava, Zurab Djalaghania. Structural engineers: Teimuraz Tkhilava, Alexander Kimberg)

Shell structure biomorphic pavilions, Abkhasia, Georgia, 1972-1985 (Giorgi Chakhava, Zurab Djalaghania. Artists: Nodar malazonia, Zurab Kapanadze, Zurab Lezhava)

– Café “Fantasia”, Batumi, Adjara (1980)

– Panorama viewing platform “Diorama”, Gudauri, Military road of Georgia (1983) and etc

– Various projects for road and transportation infrastructure, auto-pavilions and other public buildings along the main roads of Georgia.

Publications

– Chakhava G., Residential Houses of Block-Rooms in Georgia / G. Chakhava // Residential Housing construction. – 1961. – No. 8. – P. 9–12: ill.

– Chakhava, G., Experience of Designing and Constructing Buildings of Block-Rooms in Tbilisi, Residential Housing from Volumetric Elements, Gosstroyizdat, 1961

– Chakhava G. Tower-based Houses / G. Chakhava // Architecture of the USSR. – 1974. – No. 12. – P. 60: ill.

– Chakhava, G. Universal Building Elements used for The Ministry of Highways of the Georgian SSR. Technical Information. Construction and Architecture. Gosstroy GSSR. 1975 N ° 16

– Chakhava, G. The Capabilities of a Terrain. Gas. “Literaturuli sakartvelo”., N ° 32. 10.08.1979

– Chakhava Giorgi. “The More Complex A Terrain …” Decorativnoe Iskusstvo”. # 10 (359), Moscow, Sovietski khudojnik”, 1987

– Chakhava, G., Relief of Georgia and It’s Possibilities, G. Chakhava, Arkhitektura SSR, 1975.10.2

Literature/Links

Davitaia, Vakhtang. A Letter “When Silence causes Damage”, 09.1979, from the book “Architecture, Dream and Reality”, Vol. 1, 2010. Tbilisi

Chichua, Tinatin. Interview: G. Chakhava. Creative Laboratory, Arkhitektura SSR. – 1986. – no. 3, p. 54-67

Warsza, Joanna, Ministry of Highways. A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi, Warschau-Utrecht-Berlin 2013

Novikov, Felix. Behind the Iron Curtain. Confession of Soviet Architect. Dom Publishers, Berlin. 2016.