Located in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mirza Shafi, light at the end of the tunnel was designed by Spparc Architecture. The world is slowly waking up to the trials faced by the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. A resilient city, Tbilisi’s turbulent history stretches back to 500AD when heir to a Georgian King began to fold a handful of churches into a basic masterplan, many of which still stand to this day. Over the centuries, Tbilisi has been invaded more than 25 times, suffered numerous earthquakes and been swept along a turbulent economic journey.
As time goes on, more and more of Old Tbilisi’s historical jewels are being lost as lack of preservation work and multiple earthquakes reduce these classical buildings to rubble. Last September The Architectural Review’s Nick Shavishvili issued a plea to developers to invest in the city, saving the original monuments and unique characteristics that have survived thus far.