Cultural Quarter, Riga, Latvia


Competition

Latvia TabFab

Our Role

Architect, Visualisation

Result

Incentive Award

Organised by the Latvian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Academy of Culture and the Danish Cultural Institute, TabFab invited sketch designs to regenerate a former tobacco factory. rg+p’s design aimed to bring the building back to life; showing the factory becoming a school of performing arts, school of filmography, museum, library and creative business incubator.

Drawing inspiration from theatre mechanics, the design included ‘interventions’ with a sense of semipermanence and light boxes reminiscent of those used in filmography. With so many different users of the site, the movement of people was key. The ‘light-box’ interventions emphasised the links between the different buildings, allowing the development to read as one cohesive scheme.

17 entries from across the world were submitted and rg+p was highly commended, receiving an Incentive Award. The practice was the only entry from the UK to achieve this commendation.