Kera is an architectural practice formed by Sandro Bakhtadze, Kote Gunia and Beka Gujejiani in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The name of the practice adopts the Georgian word “kera” (კერა) - directly translated in English as “hearth.” Having no one specific definition, kera can signify home, family, the fire burning in the middle of a traditional Georgian house, or a little source of something that spreads wide.

The essence of kera can be traced in many cultures worldwide. It is the form of living spread in continuity of time and its inception can be counted from the first intention of humans to enclose their place of dwelling. Therefore the perfect explanation of that concept can be borrowed from the eastern philosophy: kera is not the house, or the walls that make it, but rather a space in between them, filled with human existence.

The idea of kera was the inspiration to use it as the name of the practice, as it suits well our searching process for framing the local forms of living into the architectural language.