Museum of Georgian Script

Bachelor Diploma Project

 

The Museum of Georgian Script is a fictional institution of living thoughts. The building illustrates and documents the story of Georgian writing evolution from its beginnings to the present. As such it acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity.  The museum combines historical and educational artefacts, currently preserved in several different national institutions.  The collection is accessible to the public and provides visitors with an accurate and complete retrospective of Georgian Script.

 

The Museum is a multi-functional public building. It is comprised of halls of different sizes and volumes, permanent and temporary exhibitions, a museum shop, a café, open spaces for holding workshops, and a library and research centre.  The ground floor includes the entry vestibule, tickets and information, a gallery for contemporary Georgian artists’ works, and a space for workshops and live talks. In addition, there is a storehouse of ancient artefacts highlighting the grandeur of preserved memorabilia from various stages of Georgian script.

 

The architecture is influenced by the shapes of the earliest Georgian script: Asomtavruli letters which use circles, semi-circles, and straight lines. Inside, the exhibition area extends over three floors, with daylight entering the roof through a circular window in the ceiling. Each floor represents one of the developing stages of the Georgian script, exhibited chronologically and connected by the central atrium. The first floor encloses the latest phase, Mkhedruli; the second floor accommodates the middle stage, Nuskhuri, and the third floor involves artefacts on Asomtavruli. The story is told linearly, leading the audience back to time.