the swimming pool project enlivens a neglected georgian town


hidden in the left bank of the georgian capital, the swimming pool project by designers nikoloz lomidze and alexander gharibashvili is a recreational open-air stage held and executed through the platform of tbilisi architecture biennial 2020. 


the space was once an abandoned olympic swimming pool situated in a neglected cinema town with hollywood-esque undertones. though open for public access, the area is quite neglected with a few spots occupied by guerrilla artists and musical schools. today, thanks to the repurposed swimming pool, the heart of the cinema town beats a little louder. the swimming pool project 1




to reflect the new function of the space, the pool was converted into an 8-leveled amphitheater with the terraced seats complemented by stairs and a ramp for greater accessibility. this final design was made possible by building 7 cement block walls of increasingly different heights – and each space in-between the walls was filled and leveled with soil and gravel. reinforced slabs were also formed in the process. 


once the cement was dry, the entire surface was coated with a light blue color as a reminder of what the open-air stage once served as: a swimming pool. you can watch the opening ceremony of the project here

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through this project, lomidze and gharibashvili created a public attraction point that can serve as a free recreational space, accessible to everyone, or even host various cultural events. 


abandoned swimming pool converted into open-air stage in tbilisi
the final design is an 8-leveled amphitheater reflecting the new function of the abandoned swimming pool

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the amphitheater serves as a public, multifunctional open-air stage for various activities

abandoned swimming pool converted into open-air stage in tbilisi
the project offers a truly democratic approach to public activities – from rest to play

abandoned swimming pool converted into open-air stage in tbilisi
concerts, gatherings and other cultural events can be hosted within the amphitheater

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detail of a terrace complemented by a stair step

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a ramp was added to the amphitheater for greater accessibility





project info:


name: the swimming pool project
designers: nikoloz lomidze, alexander gharibashvili


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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom