The Architects Focus On 18th Century Mill

The Architects Focus On 18th Century Mill

The reconstruction project of the 18th century mill building is of great interest not only for the population of town Metsamor in Armenia, but also for professionals. The reconstruction is carried out in the framework of the IRTD program “Integrated development of agricultural tourism”. The program is really interesting because it is planned to restore the historical and cultural value. The implementation of this project is extremely important, given the fact that in the IV-II centuries B.C. Metsamor was an important cultural center (this is evidenced by the excavations of the ancient fortress), and after reconstruction not only the building will be restored, but the city as a whole will acquire a new look.

The project is implemented by the architectural studio Ghulyan Architects. According to architect Musheg Ghulyan, «After reconstruction the building will serve to museum visitors, contributing to the development of archaeological tourism in Armenia. The visitors will be able to explore the original building of the mill, get acquainted with practical archaeology in interactive mode, learn the history of the ancient settlements of Armavir, and then they will be able to relax in the recreation area».

There is no any historical data about Metsamor mill. It is assumed that the mill was built in parallel with the construction of the reservoir or immediately thereafter, i.e. after 1730-1732, and functioned until about 1930. After the reconstruction of the 1950s, it served as the historical and archaeological museum of Metsamor until the construction of the main building.