Latvia’s State Real Estate enterprise has launched a contest to transform a former tobacco factory into an arts complex in Riga
The open competition seeks ‘well-developed and economically justified’ concepts to convert the state-owned post-industrial complex on Miera Street – close to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage zone – into a new business incubator and workshops.
The £4 million TabFab Creative Quarter project aims to revitalise the 7,300m² site while also upgrading its surrounding public realm and delivering a landmark new entrance.
According to the brief: ‘The aim of the competition is to obtain a high-quality architectural solution, a functionally well-developed and economically justified sketch design and architectural vision for complete development of the TabFab Creative Quarter that meets the requirements set out in the competition brief, the designing programme and the laws and regulations.
‘The development concept should include the architectural and functional solutions for the creative business incubator located in the territory of the TabFab Quarter, solutions for the entrance to the creative quarter, solutions for prototyping and other workshops as well as solutions for the overall improvement and landscaping of the territory, including solutions for the demolition or conversion of separate buildings.’
Riga, originally founded as a Viking trading post during the second century, is Latvia’s capital city with more than 640,000 inhabitants.
Its 438ha historic centre features many Baroque and Art Nouveau structures. It was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage zone 21 years ago and designated a 1,574ha ‘buffer zone’ to protect its surroundings.
The competition judging panel will include representatives from the Latvian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Architects’ Association, Latvian Academy of Culture, and the Riga City Architect’s Office.
Submissions will be judged on their architectural quality, originality, contextual response, compliance with planning policy, energy efficiency, and conceptual approach to the surrounding area.
The overall winner will receive a £16,000 prize while a second prize of £12,500, third prize of £9,000 and four further prizes worth £1,800 each will also be awarded.
The competition languages are English and Latvian, and the deadline for applications is 5pm local time on 26 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice and visit the competition website for more information
State Real Estate
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Tel: +371 67024672
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