On March 6, Media Center hosted a press conference by Mkrtich Minasyan, president of the Architects union and architect Sashour Kalashyan about the prospective sale of the government building 2, which is on the Republic Square and issues with city planning in Yerevan.
Yesterday the architects sent an open letter to the Armenian president and the prime minister, calling to revoke and “immediately stop” the sale process of the MFA building - government building 2.
After studying the sale documents architect Sashour Kalashyan announced, that a preservation contract has not been signed, which would ensure that “the building will not be altered or split into parts.”
“The problems do not begin or end with this building only, the problem is that the rules of treating architectural monuments are distinctively described in the corresponding law. These rules are disregarded. The law states, that a monument must have a preservation contract, signed by its owner or user. But until today there is not a single monument that has one,” said Sashour Kalashyan.
Mkrtich Minasyan noted, that they are worried, as “there is no resource for trust anymore.”
“If we hadn’t lost the Sevan Hotel, the Youth Palace, and now the closed market, we would have no reason to be worried, but we cannot let our historical buildings to be lost from the city history,” said Mkrtich Minasyan.
The architects noted that there should be a separate law, listing the monuments, the sale of which will be restricted.
“Otherwise, one day the Opera building can become a casino and Matenadaran a hotel - if the price is good enough. We cannot even say that it is not possible that one day the Hripsime monastery can be sold,” said Sashour Kalashyan.
You can watch the press conference online by following this link: