On November 18-20, Idaaf Architects presents the results of the Alizi workshop, which explored the history and traditional methods for making Alizi, and in addition created a new design in order to find a way to continue its use in modern construction.
Alizi (in Georgian) is a sun-dried adobe brick and is an ancient building material in Georgia, and is widely used across the world. It is traditionally made of earth and water, and, for strength, is mixed with sand, hay, sickle, elderberry, etc. It is environmentally friendly, a sustainable building material characterized by cheap production, good sound and heat insulation, and high fire resistance.
The Alizi Workshop took place in the summer of 2022 and included research and practical work with four selected participants. We studied Adobe Brick buildings in the village of Kvemo Magharo in Kakheti and in Kartli, the villages of Ruisi, Garejvari and Khidistavi.
The workshop team also collected soil of ten different colours from various regions of Georgia and produced new Alizi brick modules and decorative wall tiles.
The bricks and wall decorative tiles presented at the exhibition are: Hae – Mariam Papava; Domino – Jokola Kistauri; Crossed Brick – Elene Pichkadze, ES – Mea Miminoshvili and IA Brick by Idaaf Architects, which consists of two universal shapes which easily fit together and do not require fasteners or fillers, and thus allow for the easy construction of pre-planned buildings. At the exhibition, Idaaf Architects will also present furniture made by Alizi.
The Alizi Workshop is the first attempt to raise awareness about this material and define the conditions for its return to modern construction.
After three months of work, it was clear that it is completely possible for Alizi to be used in both construction and interior design, using both traditional and new shapes, and even for decorative items such as furniture.