10 Tamanyan St, Yerevan 0009, RA
If you want to see the new breath of Armenian Architecture, Cascade Complex is just two minutes walk from Opera theatre. This extraordinary building was built in 1970’s. This complex connects the Victory Park to the city center. It includes a big statue of Tamanyan, the garden of Tamanyan, the external and internal stairs of Cascade stairs, the Cafesjian Center for the Arts sculptures, fountains and lot of cafés.
Cascade Complex starts from the big statue of Aleksandr Tamanyan, an architect of Yerevan. The official opening of the statue was in 1974 ; the architect is Artashes Hovsepian. The statue of Tamanyan bent over a big stone fixed in two small stones. The architect explains that a left stone symbolizes the old architecture, the right one is the new period of architecture and talented Tamanyan creates a bridge between these two periods and builds capital Yerevan.
After completing the statue, the architect decided to add something that would be one of the symbolizing buildings of the city. The mission was to create such kind of building that would be monumental and dynamic but meantime unique and fashionable.
In the result, the architect Jim Torosian, Aslan Mkhitarian and Sarkis Gyurzadian finished Cascade complex. It consists of numerous stairs and platforms. Each platform has beautiful flowers and sculptures and a wonderful view of Yerevan city and biblical mountain Ararat.
Here is located famous Cafesjian Center for the Arts. The founder was a famous Armenian businessman Gerard L. Cafesjian. This museum presents the exhibitions from the collection of contemporary art. You can see the samples of the gallery while walking around Cascade.