28 Geolog Sanatorium
address: Baratashvili Street, 4
architects: Ludmila Stepanova, Parnaoz Quparashvili, Valerian Kedia and Giorgi Avsajanishvili
current state: since 1992-1993 living site for Internally Displaced Persons, currently abandoned
The sanatorium ‚Geologi‚ is one of the few sanatoriums that were built in Tskaltubo according to the principles of late Soviet modernism in the 1960‚s-1980‚s. Strictly plain, without decoration, this building contrasts with the pompous sanatoriums ‚Tbilisi‚ and ‚Gelati‚. The construction of the building was completed in the second half of the 1970‚s. Architects Valerian Kedia, Giorgi Avsajanishvili, Ludmila Stepanova and Parnaoz Quparashvili participated in the drafting of the project. Valerian Kedia and Parnaoz Quparashvili were actively involved in the development of the resort and the design of various facilities. The sanatorium ‚Geologi‚ was initially designed for 355 beds and operated with a neurological profile. The complex consists of a five-floor main sleeping building and a four-floor support building connected to it in the southwest. The main block has a Г shape in plan. The visual appearance of the building is created by a series of continuous balconies, which follow around its perimeter. The structure is completed by a sharply protruding roof. According to archival photographs, the inner part of the façade was decided in a dark color, and the balconies protruding from the main volume were designed in a light color. In this way, a characteristic contrast was created between the different surfaces of the building. Another characteristic element of the building was the plastic ramp for the entrance to the second floor, which is demolished today. Families displaced from Abkhazia lived in the sanatorium for years. Today it is abandoned.