The structure was realized through bottom-up approach; Forms emerged after deciding how spaces with specific functionalities would be arranged in the house.
Dense tree population in the front yard was kept intact and for the purpose of eliminating the distraction from the residence’s harmonious blend with nature, the parking spot is allocated in the back side of the building.
Project Team: Beka Pkhakadze, Giorgi Bendelava
Constructions: David Abashidze
Copywriter: Mika Motskobili
Location: Tbilisi / Georgia
Type: Residential / House
Area: 600 sq.m.
Status: In Progress
As they are paneled with the same material, the wooden terraces almost seem to be growing into walls. In contrast to the first floor, the second floor modules are arranged on a different angle a0nd are covered with black metal sheets. They also accommodate large outdoor spaces for relaxation and interaction with nature. The glass doors of the second floor blocks stand in the corners of each bedroom, facing the city.
The large mid section of the first floor is see-through all the way to the opposite end of the entrance. The idea behind it was to minimize the border between outdoor and indoor concepts.
The narrow open room dwells in the backside of the area. This is a ‘thinking space’, where one can ‘take a walk on water’. The presence of water is significant to the residents, as it spreads refreshing and organic feel in the space. The long indoor pool, stretched alongside the windows facing the front yard, lead to the gym.
Education received at Architecture, Design and Urbanism faculty of Georgian Technical University was put to practice at the local government institution for three years. During this period Beka was handling massive projects and was collaborating with international studios and foreign architects. Due to the change of regime, most projects were suspended and he decided to work independently and established his own firm, Steep Studio, at the age of 25.
“The company was facing financial struggles and I found myself involved in projects, which were not creatively challenging. But Steep Studio served as a solid foundation for developing my own vision and aesthetics and rebranding the firm into Stipfold was only the natural endeavor in direction of the personal growth.
Currently, we only work with clients, who are open to collaboration and stick to the projects, which are creatively fulfilling.”
About the company
The company’s unique name combines a simplified version of ‘Steep’, and ‘Fold’, conveying the idea of rejecting walls, floors and ceilings as separate entities, but rather continuation of each other, folding into one organism.
We have distinct approach to individual projects and concepts never repeat themselves, as a testimony to the fact, that single combination of particular location, environment and a customer is one of a kind.
Projects of any scale and subject matter are dealt with equal creative power and concept development is the most satisfying process for us.
Stipfold is not aiming for pleasing as many eyes as possible, but rather evoking viewer’s curiosity regarding the work and its author and inducing strong emotional resonance, even when the object doesn’t fit into the observer’s personal aesthetics.
That being said, functional adequacy of the final work is a primary goal for us.
Keeping up with technological advancements is the quintessential aspect of the company’s agenda, as we fully realize, that new materials and tools inspire and sometimes even dictate new forms and aesthetics.
The logo was generated by combining abbreviation S and the outline of a chair. In order to deliver STIPFOLD aesthetics, the initial symbol was sharpened and folded into more architectural form.