Latvian Academy of Culture, Creative Business Incubator, Latvian Museum of Photography and the Riga Cinema Museum
Valsts Nekustamie Īpašumi
Arne Cermak Nielsen, Rune Veile, Sara Buhl Bjelke, Kinga Murawska, Tien-Yi Su, Michael Dragschitz
TabFab is a project transforming an historical tobacco factory into creative quarter. The factory is a complex structure with 13 different buildings and a extensive numbers of entrances. However, there’s also a remarkable value of the contrast between materials, characteristics and scale. Together with the floor capacity it has the potential to become Rigas new hub for cultural and creative industries.
By adding a “connective ribbon”, the TabFab gets a significant and effective mediator between the various functions, while the transition between inside and outside is strengthened. With a clear and yet subtle appearance of entrance, the ribbon interchange between landscape and roofscape along the facades of the inner courtyard, creating common lobbies and outdoor facilities for the people using or visiting TabFab. The lobbies frame the relation between the functions and mediate the transition between inside and outside with improved visibility and good conditions for informal meetings.
The courtyard is the hart of TabFab. It’s where the public meets the new inhabitants, the users meet each other and the exchange of knowledge take place. The aim of the landscaping is to frame this ambition. The perimeter of the courtyard is where the transition between inside and outside take place. This edge zone is strengthened and activated with the interchanging landscape of the ribbon. It provides a framework for different activities for the users of TabFab as well as the public. The middle part of the courtyard is kept as flexible and durable as possible. Instead of fixed furnitures, movable wooden elements could be developed by the users and the students of LAC; so they define and explore the needs and possibilities.