Sketch design competition “The Architectural Vision for Complete Development of the TabFab Creative Quarter”

Sketch design competition
“The Architectural Vision for Complete Development of the TabFab Creative Quarter” ID NO. VNĪ/2018/7/2-3/MK-1

20 August 2018 till 26 November 2018

The Aim of the Competition – to obtain a high-quality architectural solution, a functionally well-developed and economically justified Sketch Design The 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 Project area of the Sketch design competition is located at Miera iela 58a, Riga and it encompasses the territory of the quarter of the former Tobacco Factory (cadastral No. 0100 005 0014) with an area of 7229 m2 (total construction area 13,362 m2).
The territory in Riga, at Miera iela 58a and the buildings within it are the property of the State.
The competition territory is located in the immediate vicinity of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Riga Historic Centre” (protection No. 852) and the urban construction monument of national significance “Historic Centre of Riga City” (national protection No. 7442), in their protection or the so-called buffer zone.
The Study of the Sketch design competition includes the area of the city with the adjacent streets, infrastructure and buildings.

The Subject of the Competition – a construction idea for complex improvement, landscaping and prospective development of the territory of the TabFab creative quarter (hereinafter – the Object of the Competition). The development concept should include the architectural and functional solutions for the Creative Business Incubator (hereinafter – the CBI) 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. The Sketch Design will be used as a basis for elaboration of the construction design.

The Commissioner of the Competition – State Joint Stock Company “Valsts nekustamie īpašumi”

To receive a full set of the Competition documents, the Interested Participants of the Competition shall register on the website under the section Registration.
A link to the full set of the Competition documents where they can be downloaded will be sent automatically to the Participants of the Competition after the registration.

The time of the site visit – 10 September 2018, at 1 p.m.

The Jury of the Competition– internationally recognized leading specialists from Denmark and Latvia in the relevant area – architects and experts; Representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Latvian Architects’ Association, Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga City Architect’s Office, City Development Department of the Riga City Council, Department of Cultural Monuments Protection of Riga City, National Heritage Board of Latvia and the Commissioner of the Competition SJSC “Valsts nekustamie īpašumi”.

The total amount of prize money of the Competition: EUR 50 000
• First prize winner – EUR 18 000
• Second prize winner – EUR 14 000
• Third prize winner – EUR 10 000
• Four incentive awards each in the amount of 2 000