The lives of many internally displaced individuals (IDP) in Georgia are conditioned by a state of permanent impermanence. The Hotel “Kartli” is one of many examples of a Soviet era sanatorium converted into temporary IDP housing. With limited resources, the residents had to architecturally alter the sanatorium rooms to create more suitable living areas. Responding to this social and spatial condition, the following speculative drawings superimpose Hotel “Kartli’s” past and present.
Our intent is twofold: to register the labor and work put forth by Hotel “Kartli’s” current residents in converting the sanatorium into living spaces, and to challenge the instructional nature of the architectural document. The architectural drawing set, coupled with 3D digital files, are offered as a way to preserve the memory of Hotel “Kartli” in a virtual space, thereby making visible this state of permanent impermanence. Autobiographical in nature, the drawing set and 3D model will form the beginning of an archive on the “Kartli” Sanatorium and its residents.