The first Jurgis Baltrusaitis Jr. Architecture award goes to Shogher Khachatryan
On 2nd of November the first Jurgis Baltrusaitis jr. architecture award has been presented to Ms. Shogher Khachatryan for her project “Rehabilitation of Historically Created Environment of Kond: Integration of Ethnographic Museum in the Historical Environment”.
The award ceremony took place in the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, the current study place of Ms. Khachatryan. The winner of the 1500 Euros award was selected from a group of young and promising architects, who are currently in their Master Degree architecture studies.
The awarded architectural project is in intriguing Yerevan district of Kond, which is one of the oldest and preserved districts of Yerevan from 18th century. Some standing structures even date back to the middle ages. Kond is unique by its typical scale, narrow streets, and two storied houses, bent to each other with dead (solid) walls, which isolate the street from the inner house. Old brick houses with specific architectural motifs give you an idea how old Yerevan once used to be. Ms. Khachatryan states “my project is based on key elements and characteristics of Kond, I find important to mention the pivot connection between the 2 hilltops with its sites: church and mosque, furthermore the 3 segmental residential units kept the same shapes during centuries, divided with inviting narrow alleys, etc. So in the middle segment I decided to design an ethnographic museum.
The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Republic of Armenia, together with Petros Aloyan Foundation, media enterprise “Mediamax” and the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia established the annual award in the memory of a prominent Lithuanian art historian Jurgis Baltrusaitis Jr. The award will be granted for 5 years starting from 2017.
Mr. Baltrusaitis (1903 - 1988) is well known in Armenia not only for his studies in Caucasus region pastoral architecture, 2 books about Armenia and Georgia published in 1929 and 1936, but also as an author of the essay “Julfa of the Arax and its Funerary Monuments”, which captured thousands of khatchkars (cross-stones), many of which are already destroyed, and therefore, the essay bears an even greater historic value.