steel shipping container is transformed into relaxing getaway by the tbilisi sea, in georgia

steel shipping container is transformed into relaxing getaway by the tbilisi sea, in georgia

a hideaway for the team of MUA


MUA architecture & placemaking has designed a shipping container getaway right by the tbilisi sea, in georgia. located just 20 minutes away from the city center, the cabin has been formed to serve as a relaxing environment where the architecture team can recharge whenever they need to.


the structure sits next to the sailing club (another MUA design) in the tbilisi reservoir, now referred to as the tbilisi sea, which has appeared on the map since 1953. during the summertime, this area is frequently visited by the locals and becomes a hub for fishing and water sports activities. meanwhile, an impressive monument of zurab tsereteli graces the location, making for an interesting project site. 

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all images courtesy of nakanimamasakhlisi photo lab


characteristics of shipping container architecture


shipping container architecture is a significant part of MUA’s research into modern architecture. ‘replacement of traditional building materials with second-hand, compact pre-fabricated steel boxes and creating various functional spaces requires intensive research and experimentation,’ shares the studio. this type of architecture is heavily based on material observation, investigation of potential [re]use, and daring experiments.‘these practices yield truly interesting results,’ adds the team.  this form of architecture has many positive aspects – it is ecologically sustainable, suitable for reuse, cost-effective and since it is ‘pre-fabricated,’ requires minimal construction time.


the office container is 12 meters (40 feet) in length, with the cabin adopting a linear layout throughout the interior. far edges of the container are transformed into rest areas and their ancillary functions (bathroom and storage spaces). the middle part of the container, the shared space, comprises a small kitchen, a working desk, and a living room. large sliding doors allow the indoors and the outdoors to blend with each other, creating an open, accessible platform with a sea view.

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project info:


name: MUA getaway place
architects: MUA architecture & placemaking

project team: devi kituashvili, gogiko sakvarelidze, natalia nebieridze, elene edisherashvili

location: tbilisi, georgia 
area: 25 m2 (269 sqft)

photography: nakanimamasakhlisi photo lab

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