Cesis Municipality in Latvia has announced an open international contest to convert a disused industrial building into a vinyl record factory
The competition, organised by Bee Breeders, seeks creative and experimental concepts to transform a former tin-foil factory into a mixed-use complex for producing and selling vinyl records in the centre of historic Cesis.
The project – dubbed the Mango Vinyl Hub – will start on site later this year and is planned to open in 2018. Participants are encouraged to harness the entire post-industrial site to create facilities for the manufacture, packing and storage of vinyl alongside office space, a loading zone, lounge and a staff changing room.
According to the brief: ‘The building should be considered as the first stage in redeveloping the block by transforming it into a creative park, acting as an anchor to draw interest and investment from other parties.
’In this regard, participants are also tasked with considering the Mango Vinyl Hub in a wider context, by proposing ideas and visions for the potential further development of the block in the future.
Cesis is a large town in north-east Latvia. Its castle ruins, holy spring and other surviving medieval buildings have made it a tourist destination. It was nominated for European Capital of Culture 2014 but missed out to nearby Riga.
The Mango Vinyl Hub project aims to revitalise the local economy and bring music enthusiasts and record collectors from across the Baltic region to Cesis. Vinyl has witnessed a renaissance in recent years, with around 900,000 vinyl records sold in the UK in 2014.
Alongside the Vinyl factory, proposals should include a café, storage area and exhibition space, as well as a co-working area featuring up to 50 open-plan workstations, two meetings rooms, an events room, creative studio, common room, kitchen and toilets. Proposals may also use the former factory’s large roof space and introduce additional functions and public uses to the site.
Digital submissions must include up to four A2-sized landscape boards featuring sketches, renderings, plans, sections, elevations, diagrams and textual explanations of proposals.
The winning team, to be announced on 31 May, will receive £2,400. There will also be a second prize of £1,200, third prize of £400, student prize of £400, a ‘Big Picture Award’ worth £400, and six honourable mentions.
The deadline for submissions is at 23:59 GMT, 19 April.
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