In western Georgia, the traditional architecture of private houses is called Oda. The peak of development of this type of houses, was reached in the XIII and XIV centuries. Prior to the construction, the owner of the house chooses the best spot and the view from the “balcony”. Georgians spend a lot of time on the balcony. They lounge, eat and even sleep on the balcony, in hot summer nights. Spacious balconies and large windows, keep residents in touch with the nature.
Due to moisture and abundant rainfall, caused by the proximity to the Black Sea, Oda stands on wooden or stone pedestals. From the construction point of view, the uniqueness of Oda house is easy transformation. They have always been considered “movable property”, since they can be easily dismantled, moved and reconstructed.
Odas can be seen in towns near: Poti, Senaki, Batumi, Adjara, Kutaisi, Zugdidi.
Photos: Ethnography Museum