LAYERS . archi
Tbilisi-based international department of George Zaborski's architecture, urban studies and design studio LAYERS
SODEVE
SODEVE Grang hotel, Georgia, Kvemo Kartli region, 2023 Renovation, concept, architecture, interior, In progress
There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
Architecture may create beauty and pleasure of moral and concept. Renovating this former soviet sanatorium, we aimed to create without destruction, but not to monumentalise or restore the soviet past. We've used the real situation of brutal concrete frame of the sanatorium, which was covered with new layers of plants, moss and other species, as a real-life metaphor, and we've wrapped this frame in nature and local cultural patterns of neighbourhood.
George Zaborski, founder, architect
"
Year
Status
Team
Studio
Client
2022 - now
Investement round
Gio Zaborski
LAYERS
CUBY development
We not only utilized and reinforced the frame of the former building but also managed to preserve and incorporate its absorbed nature.
SODEVE the new five-star luxury hotel in Georgia, a project entirely created by LAYERS studio. Architecture, design, infrastructure, and innovative concepts of pleasure and hospitality.

SODEVE in Gudauri is the first project in a new network of hotels, which will be located on rivers near well-known resorts in the areas of abandoned Soviet sanatoriums.

All that remains of the old structure is the reinforced concrete frame, beautifully overgrown, and literally integrated into the landscape.

LAYERS is the ability to work with multi-layered reality. We not only utilized and reinforced the frame of the former building but also managed to preserve and incorporate its absorbed nature.

With care, we wrapped modern architecture around historical and natural layers, while also adding references to the traditional architectural elements of the region. Through a series of posts featuring SODEVE, we will share the studio's unique approach to nature, past heritage, leisure, and pleasures.

Concept layers:

Modular design
Through design strategy
Pre-designed masterplan patterns
Pre-designed interior solutions
Fully solar-powered
MADEIRA
Madeira eco resort, Portugal, Madeira, Santa Crus region; 2023; new construction; masterplan, architecture; in progress
YOGA HOUSE
Yoga teacher house and retreat, Minsk national airport, Belarus; 2020; new construction; architecture, interior; suspended
CUBY HOME
Cuby prefab home, Florida, US, 2021 - 2022; industiral prototype; architecture, interior, design; in progress
WHITE LAKE
Landscape park White lake, Belarus, Chereya, 2021; biodivercity reservation and art park; landscape design; built
There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
Architecture may create beauty and pleasure of moral and concept. Renovating this former soviet sanatorium, we aimed to create without destruction, but not to monumentalise or restore the soviet past. We've used the real situation of brutal concrete frame of the sanatorium, which was covered with new layers of plants, moss and other species, as a real-life metaphor, and we've wrapped this frame in nature and local cultural patterns of neighbourhood.
George Zaborski, founder, architect
"
CUBY TOWN
CUBY town, Florida, USA, 2022 - now; urban planning; architecture, Investement round
Year
Status
Team
Studio
Client
2022 - now
Investement round
Gio Zaborski
LAYERS
CUBY development
This is fully innovative, market-ready construction strategy
Architecture and urban layout for the game-changing fast-assembly CUBY technology. Third version CUBY tech includes solar panels and gravity-based energy storages to create fully solar-powered urban neighborhoods, first CUBY towns are to be implemented in Florida (under construction) and California.

CUBY is not another modular building design, this is fully innovative, market-ready construction strategy. LAYERS deisgn follows every step of CUBY town layout from master-plan and modules structure to the interior details.

Adjustable pre-designed masterplans boost design speed while grant user-friendly neghbourhood environment.

Concept layers:

Modular design
Through design strategy
Pre-designed masterplan patterns
Pre-designed interior solutions
Fully solar-powered
OK16 HUB
OK16 HUB, cultural and event hub, 7200 sq.m., Minsk, Belarus, 2017 - 2019; placemaking, urban design, management
Location
Area
Status
Role
Minsk, Belarus
6000 sq.m.
Closed in 2019
Initiator, chief architect, director,
chief curator
For long 3 years OK16 became literally place and (sometimes) literally home for young, emerging and contemporary Belarusian and global culture.
Minimalism rethinked. To create largest while leanest contemporary culture center in Eastern Europe, I took architect's decision to create no visible architecture at all and became it's director and curator. Instead of spreading budget overall the space, we've achieved goal by series of invisible interventions such as strategically placed stage lights, power sockets, new openings and cultural program precisely designed to use all the potential values of early XX-ct. industrial building.

Minimalistic approach became possible because OK16 was placed on the street wich was urban- and artistically converted by previous project I was co-curating, "Vulica Brazil".

Otherwise, practical experience of lean space adaptation was taken from my earliest project, first Minsk industiral space converted into cultural hub, ME100 ("the Place").

For long 3 years OK16 became literally place and (sometimes) literally home for young, emerging and contemporary Belarusian and global culture. 99% invisible - is perfect sence to describe OK16 architecture, while it WAS totally and throughout designed to host and intersect visions, concepts, artists, business people and general audience, creating various assemblages of them. And, despite it's complex conceprual elaboration, it wasn't high brow - it was brightest place of the city.

I'm sure, all places need such kind of lean and open spaces, designed to be multidisciplinary sensitive and collaboration-producing. Invisible architecture is what makes it happen.

Concept layers:

Early XX-ct industry layer
1960-th industrial history layer
Conceptual art layer
Popular culture layer
Open place of peaceful dialogue for all
EPAM LOFT
EPAM LOFT, Minsk, Belarus, 2014; interior design, Built

Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Minsk, Belarus
Built
Gio Zaborski + ZROBIM
Zaborski studio
EPAM Systems
Instead of interpreting functionality as strong binding of singular function to each singular space or element, in this project we assign maximal amount of affrodances to everything.
Functionality may be a game, but most architects refer to it deadly serious. We're revising this approach with each project, but here revision is played really clear. Instead of interpreting functionality as strong binding of singular function to each singular space or element, in this project we assign maximal amount of affrodances to everything.

Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.

Concept layers:

Fully transformability layer
Multiple interpretations
Gamification layer
Hackathons layer
Lean development
EPAM PARK
EPAM PARK, Minsk, Belarus, 2013; architecture; landscape, Built

Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Minsk, Belarus
Built
Gio Zaborski
LAYERS
EPAM Systems
Precise mapping of each tree and bluberry bush gave me an initial form, and some form elaboration I performed to make less simpler to percieve.
Forest IS a best place for rest, best workspace, best creative environment - you have only add some layers: walkways, wich are also seats, sheds to protect you from rain and wind, lamellas to cut out excessive sunlight form your screen. Precise mapping of each tree and bluberry bush gave me an initial form, and some form elaboration I performed to make less simpler to percieve.

After precise mapping, we've found bow-and-arrow-like clearance in the forest, wich became basic form of pavillion.

It took it's shape, wrapping such functions as auditorium (you may find this stepped form in a lot of my designs, because, after MVRDV's The Why Factory and Axel Schultes/Charlotte Frank Federal Chancellery of Germany building, I think this ancient greek-referring form became a metaphor for enlightened public discussion in any field), smaller workspaces and lodges, while other terrytory remain natural landscape with small box-like kitchen/barbewue pavillion.

Concept layers:

Forest preservation
Workspace
Rest
Multiple affordances
Sustainable construction
BOR 3
BOR 3, Minsk, Belarus, 2014,complex development, Built
There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
Architecture may create beauty and pleasure of moral and concept. Renovating this former soviet sanatorium, we aimed to create without destruction, but not to monumentalise or restore the soviet past. We've used the real situation of brutal concrete frame of the sanatorium, which was covered with new layers of plants, moss and other species, as a real-life metaphor, and we've wrapped this frame in nature and local cultural patterns of neighbourhood.
George Zaborski, founder, architect
"
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Minsk, Belarus
Built
Gio Zaborski, Dmitri Bibikov, Maria Rudakovskaya
Zaborski studio
A100 Development
We've made step beyond in the field of affordable housing
This 5-houses block became the turnpint for the best among largest Belarusian residential developers. By complex elaboration of master-plan, landscape, architecture and public interiors in a strict frame of industrialised post-soviet development, we've made step beyond in the field of affordable housing, and I hope this step helped A100 to guide it's future.

Neglecting our architectural tendency to puriness, in this project we cosciousnessly took postmodernist approach, wich was necessary to overcome rotten remains of impoverished modernism wich was reigning at housing this year.

To overcome paleness of soviet palette and kitch of post-soviet, we also implemented dark grey color, which beacme the key trend in high-quality Belarusian architecture for next 10 years.

Concept layers:

Postmodern
Artificial hills
Pedestrian environment
Self-sow plants landscape
Fruit gardens
More: works of Layers founder
PARK QUARTERS
Park quarters, Lipetsk, Russia, 2020 - ....; masterplan, architecture; in progress, partly built; made with ZROBIM studio
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Construction design in prorgess
Gio Zaborski, Xenia Shpakova, Stephan Vassiliev
Zrobim
Private
Human-oriented high-dencity townhouse development
Human-oriented high-dencity townhouse development on the outskirts of dirty industrial city. We used obstacle - 110 kV power line disseting the plot - as a public park, cutting development into 5 smaller quarters and sewing it together, to achieve human scale, 9 types of house silouhette and 5 different patterns of street grids to arrange intuitive navigation.

Our approach to Park quarters presupposes, that basic human needs such as navigation in the neoghborhood have to be intuitive and even subconscious for user. This quality of envirinment is neturally achieved in historic urban fabric, while it has to be precisely designed for new-built ones. For that reason we both use 5 fundamentally different steet grids for 5 qurters, and 9 silouhettes of townhouses in various combinations to grant uniqueness of any point and route there.

Concept layers:

"Quarter fingerprint"
5 street grids
ROSKVIT
Roskvit,Kiyv, Ukraine, 2022; urban planning; architecture; temporary suspended; made with ZROBIM studio
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Kiyv, Ukraine
Temporary suspended
Xenia Shpakova, Karina Kameiko, Denis Dubeshko
Zrobim
Private
Each of these different clays is composed different types and amounts of minerals that determine the characteristics of resulting pottery.
Different clay bodies also differ in the way in which they respond when fired in the kiln. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing. Prior to some shaping processes, clay must be prepared.

Each of these different clays is composed different types and amounts of minerals that determine the characteristics of resulting pottery. There can
be regional variations in the properties of raw materials used for the production of pottery

Concept layers:

Forest preservation strategy
Forest integration strategy
Dencity benchmark: Barcelone
Light personal vechicles grid
Landscape amplification
CARE
CARE center for elderly, Sonoma, San-Francisco, US, 2022; architecture, structural solutions; made with ZROBIM studio
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Sonoma, San-Francisco, US
Construction
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Sonoma assised living
This helps people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.
In this design for new 26 rooms addition to existing assistant living and memory care center in the suburbs of San-Francisco, we're adressing modular approach wich will be later used for new centers. Basic value for the concept is to create rich and interactive environment, using both tactile surfaces, plants and moving sunlight.

Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.

Concept layers:

Enriched environment for memory care
Tactile surfaces
Natural moving sunlight
Passive energy design
Preservation of existing plants
PINE RESIDENCE
PINE I, Moscow, Russia, 2021; architecture, suspended; made with ZROBIM studio
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Moscow, Russia
Suspended
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Private
How to build 50 modernist villas in the light forest without one tree removal?
How to build 50 modernist villas in the light forest without one tree removal? Step one: separate each house into funtional modules smaller than average distance between trees there. Step two: create formal solution wich amplifies aestetic potetial hidden in such solution. Step three: distribute it carefully on pillars to sustain natural water flows and respect roots.

Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.

Concept layers:

Existing preservation layer
Views organisation layer
No fences
Functional patios
Modular construction layer
BARN
BARN, Moscow, Russia, 2021; architecture, structural solutions; made with ZROBIM studio
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Moscow, Russia
Production
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Private
Original feature of the project is the open frame of metal double-T beams over thedouble parking place.
B2B project, created for metal structures fabricator who's looking for new markets, including market of prefabricated housing. In this project we saw possibility to influence mass lifestyle outside the cities by precise design of better living scenarios for compact living, and also to express some aestetic features of metal structural frame used in not so warm climate.

We've concentrated openings on the north (light only) and south (ligth and solar heat gain) facades, while long facades facing east and west are penetrated only by local windows distributed to deliver direct light according to scenarios - in particular, morning light to children's sleeping rooms.

Original feature of the project is the open frame of metal double-T beams over thedouble parking place. While most of metal structure is hidden under insulation layers, here we used thermally separated bearing contour to reveal "metal" nature of the house.

Concept layers:

Prefabrication
Metal structure
Compact living
Visible frame (marketing)
Views organisation
PARK QUARTERS
URBN 2021...22
Human-oriented high-dencity townhouse development on the outskirts of dirty industrial city. We used obstacle - 110 kV power line disseting the plot - as a public park, cutting development into 5 smaller quarters and sewing it together, to achieve human scale, 9 types of house silouhette and 5 different patterns of street grids to arrange intuitive navigation.
Our approach to Park quarters presupposes, that basic human needs such as navigation in the neoghborhood have to be intuitive and even subconscious for user. This quality of envirinment is neturally achieved in historic urban fabric, while it has to be precisely designed for new-built ones. For that reason we both use 5 fundamentally different steet grids for 5 qurters, and 9 silouhettes of townhouses in various combinations to grant uniqueness of any point and route there.
Central park
"Quarter fingerprint"
5 street grids
9 house silouhettes
Tree nursery
ROSKVIT
URBAN PLANNING 2022
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Kiyv, Ukraine
Temporary suspended
Xenia Shpakova, Karina Kameiko, Denis Dubeshko
Zrobim
Private
Different clay bodies also differ in the way in which they respond when fired in the kiln. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing. Prior to some shaping processes, clay must be prepared.

Each of these different clays is composed different types and amounts of minerals that determine the characteristics of resulting pottery. There can
be regional variations in the properties of raw materials used for the production of pottery, and these can lead to wares that are unique in locality
Light personal vechicles grid
Forest preservation strategy
Forest integration strategy
Dencity benchmark: Barcelone
Landscape amplification
CUBY
URBAN, ARCHI, INT.
2022
Year
Status
Team
Studio
Client
2022 - now
Investement round
Gio Zaborski
LAYERS
CUBY development
Architecture and urban layout for the game-changing fast-assembly CUBY technology. Third version CUBY tech includes solar panels and gravity-based energy storages to create fully solar-powered urban neighborhoods, first CUBY towns are to be implemented in Florida (under construction) and California.
CUBY is not another modular building design, this is fully innovative, market-ready construction strategy. LAYERS deisgn follows every step of CUBY town layout from master-plan and modules structure to the interior details.

Adjustable pre-designed masterplans boost design speed while grant user-friendly neghbourhood environment.
Pre-designed interior solutions
Modular design
Through design strategy
Pre-designed masterplan patterns
Fully solar-powered
CARE
ARCHITECTURE
2022
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Sonoma, San-Francisco, US
Construction
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Sonoma assised living
In this design for new 26 rooms addition to existing assistant living and memory care center in the suburbs of San-Francisco, we're adressing modular approach wich will be later used for new centers. Basic value for the concept is to create rich and interactive environment, using both tactile surfaces, plants and moving sunlight.
Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.
Passive energy design
Enriched environment for memory care
Tactile surfaces
Natural moving sunlight
Preservation of existing plants
This helps people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.
In this design for new 26 rooms addition to existing assistant living and memory care center in the suburbs of San-Francisco, we're adressing modular approach wich will be later used for new centers. Basic value for the concept is to create rich and interactive environment, using both tactile surfaces, plants and moving sunlight.

Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.

Concept layers:

Enriched environment for memory care
Tactile surfaces
Natural moving sunlight
Passive energy design
Preservation of existing plants
PINE I
ARCHITECTURE 2021
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Moscow, Russia
Suspended
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Private
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Moscow, Russia
Suspended
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Private
How to build 50 modernist villas in the light forest without one tree removal? Step one: separate each house into funtional modules smaller than average distance between trees there. Step two: create formal solution wich amplifies aestetic potetial hidden in such solution. Step three: distribute it carefully on pillars to sustain natural water flows and respect roots.
Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.
Functional patios
Existing preservation layer
Views organisation layer
No fences
Modular construction layer
How to build 50 modernist villas in the light forest without one tree removal?
How to build 50 modernist villas in the light forest without one tree removal? Step one: separate each house into funtional modules smaller than average distance between trees there. Step two: create formal solution wich amplifies aestetic potetial hidden in such solution. Step three: distribute it carefully on pillars to sustain natural water flows and respect roots.

Precise distribution of openings and sheds allowed us both to protect building core from excessive solar heating, providing it's passive cooling, and create always-changing natural lighting even in transition spaces which are usually faceless and fearfull in such kind of buildings. Lamellas we've used for pinpoint shading of rooms where its needed are also a kind of gnomones, accenting movement of sun and shadow, creating ancient greek-like galleries - stoas, which helps disabled people even with minial movement possibility to interact with green courtyards.

Concept layers:

Existing preservation layer
Views organisation layer
No fences
Functional patios
Modular construction layer
BARN
ARCHITECTURE 2021
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Moscow, Russia
Production
Gio Zaborski, Karina Kameiko
Zrobim
Private
B2B project, created for metal structures fabricator who's looking for new markets, including market of prefabricated housing. In this project we saw possibility to influence mass lifestyle outside the cities by precise design of better living scenarios for compact living, and also to express some aestetic features of metal structural frame used in not so warm climate.
We've concentrated openings on the north (light only) and south (ligth and solar heat gain) facades, while long facades facing east and west are penetrated only by local windows distributed to deliver direct light according to scenarios - in particular, morning light to children's sleeping rooms.

Original feature of the project is the open frame of metal double-T beams over thedouble parking place. While most of metal structure is hidden under insulation layers, here we used thermally separated bearing contour to reveal "metal" nature of the house.
Visible frame (marketing)
Prefabrication
Metal structure
Compact living
Views organisation
Original feature of the project is the open frame of metal double-T beams over thedouble parking place.
B2B project, created for metal structures fabricator who's looking for new markets, including market of prefabricated housing. In this project we saw possibility to influence mass lifestyle outside the cities by precise design of better living scenarios for compact living, and also to express some aestetic features of metal structural frame used in not so warm climate.

We've concentrated openings on the north (light only) and south (ligth and solar heat gain) facades, while long facades facing east and west are penetrated only by local windows distributed to deliver direct light according to scenarios - in particular, morning light to children's sleeping rooms.

Original feature of the project is the open frame of metal double-T beams over thedouble parking place. While most of metal structure is hidden under insulation layers, here we used thermally separated bearing contour to reveal "metal" nature of the house.

Concept layers:

Prefabrication
Metal structure
Compact living
Visible frame (marketing)
Views organisation
PINES II
ARCHITECTURE 2021...22
Location
Status
Team
Studio
Client
Sozh river
Construction design in progress
Gio Zaborski
Zrobim
Private
Existing building of post-soviet "sanatorium" (that means medicalised resort) has undergone natural de-contextualisation by forest overgrowing it. We finalise this decontextualisation by zooming architecture out to the overall spirit of modernist resorts of 1969-th and carefully framing each landscape view.
This project is in progerss now, but I love initial concept so much that I put it online. My work here is to finish what forest stared - decontextualisation of typical late-1960-th soviet "sanatorium".

I left existing 1,5-storey building untouched (same way as I did it in OK16 design), but put extremely active second layer over it. Wooden-frame addition, like an octopus, stretches out to reach selected views, and resulting multi-linearity slightly interacts with white box of existing building.

With a light touch of Alvar Aalto aestitics, who was a kind of benchmark for soviet modernists of late 1960-th, and whom we refer in our Repino residence design, I believe this project is what will be the outcome of soviet modernism in alternative history, where slight democratic turn in soviet society of 1960 will continue to the real democrathy.
Views management
Desovetisation
Late 1960-th modernist utopia
Resort
Metamodern
OK16 HUB
PLACEMAKING 2017 ... 19
Location
Area
Status
Role
Minsk, Belarus
6000 sq.m.
Closed in 2019
Initiator, chief architect, director,
chief curator

Minimalism rethinked. To create largest while leanest contemporary culture center in Eastern Europe, I took architect's decision to create no visible architecture at all and became it's director and curator. Instead of spreading budget overall the space, we've achieved goal by series of invisible interventions such as strategically placed stage lights, power sockets, new openings and cultural program precisely designed to use all the potential values of early XX-ct. industrial building.
Minimalistic approach became possible because OK16 was placed on the street wich was urban- and artistically converted by previous project I was co-curating, "Vulica Brazil".

Otherwise, practical experience of lean space adaptation was taken from my earliest project, first Minsk industiral space converted into cultural hub, ME100 ("the Place").

For long 3 years OK16 became literally place and (sometimes) literally home for young, emerging and contemporary Belarusian and global culture. 99% invisible - is perfect sence to describe OK16 architecture, while it WAS totally and throughout designed to host and intersect visions, concepts, artists, business people and general audience, creating various assemblages of them. And, despite it's complex conceprual elaboration, it wasn't high brow - it was brightest place of the city.

I'm sure, all places need such kind of lean and open spaces, designed to be multidisciplinary sensitive and collaboration-producing. Invisible architecture is what makes it happen.
Popular culture layer