“What I like about these buildings is their unconventional beauty and powerful impact, and it’s interesting to see how each country of the former Soviet Union developed its own approach to planning and building,” said Perego.
The collection includes a pair of iconic buildings in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi – the former Ministry of Highway Construction (now the headquarters of the Bank of Georgia), built by George Chakhava and Zurab Jalaghania in 1975, and the Palace of Rituals, built by Victor Djorbenadze in the mid 1980s.
“They are a part of the Georgian architectural heritage,” said Conte.
“Before the involvement of international architects in contemporary Tbilisi, local architects managed to design extremely interesting buildings absorbing global and Soviet influences and then merging it with a peculiar local style.”
Chakhava and Zurab’s geometric creation appealed to the photographers because of its complex shape and unusual position alongside a river.
“The design itself is absolutely astonishing, with a kind of mixture between metabolism, and the horizontal skyscrapers planned by the Soviet and constructivist artist-cum-architect El Lissitzky back in the 1920s,” explained Conte.[…]