Slab with Circular Opening

A slab with circular openings was a design element borrowed from international modernist architectural practice. Initially this design method was used to preserve trees where they obstructed the erection of a slab.. A famous example in Soviet Armenian architecture consisted of Spartak Kntkhtsyan’s covered passageway for the Moscow Cinema Summer Hall (currently demolished). Another such example, although with a square opening instead of circular, included the passageway across Yerevan’s Opera House box-office. In other cases, such as in Sargis. Gourzadyan’s Garoun Cinema, this element had a function of allowing the chandeliers to lit the entrance part of the cinema.



'Garoun' Cinema, Vagharshapat

Sargis Gourzadyan, Mikael Alexanyan, 1978