Gipsa fabrika I (Gypsum factory I)

Gypsum factory I

Historically the Gypsum factory was owned by German merchant Bëhm. The factory is an example of brick architecture in Riga in the end of the 19th century with splendid brick details and textures, interesting wooden constructions, characteristic window rhythm and division. Location of the factory on the bank of river Daugava can be explained by the convenient access to water for transporting raw materials and products. A gypsum washing pit had remained in the middle of the courtyard and now the spot is marked with a cast iron…

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Gypsum factory I

Historically the Gypsum factory was owned by German merchant Bëhm. The factory is an example of brick architecture in Riga in the end of the 19th century with splendid brick details and textures, interesting wooden constructions, characteristic window rhythm and division. Location of the factory on the bank of river Daugava can be explained by the convenient access to water for transporting raw materials and products. A gypsum washing pit had remained in the middle of the courtyard and now the spot is marked with a cast iron water pump. The factory operated until the Second World War. During the Soviet times the buildings contained laundry facilities for the armed forces.

As a result of renovation the factory has been converted into a modern residential ensemble –the first loft complex in Latvia. The ensemble contains 34 apartments, a restaurant, sauna and an underground parking place. The factory ensemble consists of five buildings located around a courtyard with a big chimney. The factory offers residential space of different types – from small one bedroom studios to spacious separate houses with three or four levels. Most of the apartments have outdoor space – French balconies, roof terraces, verandas, wooden decks. Apartments are equipped with kitchens and bathrooms, built-in wardrobes and cloakrooms.

Interior design preserves the rough textures and patina of the original brick, metal and wooden constructions. Mainly natural materials have been used - such as old pine plank floors, hexagonal concrete tiles specifically designed for the Factory and used in entrance halls, kitchens, terraces and staircases, as well as wooden window frames, windowsills, doors, metal staircases and banisters.

The ensemble contains boat pier and a sailing equipment store, as well as a floating concrete platform on the bank of the river for the use of the restaurant.

Conversion of industrial ensemble into residential complex with a restaurant and a yacht pier

Riga, Ķīpsala, Balasta dambis 70

Architects: Zaiga Gaile, Liene Griezīte, Iveta Cibule, Ģirts Kalinkēvičs, Ingmārs Atavs, Andra Šmite

Participated: Gints Lūsis-Grīnbergs, Gints Vaivars

Renovator: Māris Līdaka

Water pump: sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs

Client: “Māris Gailis un kolēģi”

Project: 2000 - 2004

Construction: 2002 - 2004

General contractor: “Re-Re”

Region Riga
Settlement Centrs (Riga center)
Street Balasta dambis 72
Area from 122 m2 to 179 m2
Total floors 4
Rooms from 3 to 4
Sale from from 1984 EUR / m2

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ID: 423219

Apartment for sale in Riga, Riga center
Balasta dambis, 1th floor, 3 rooms, 122.00m2

262000.00 EUR 2147.54 EUR / m2

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ID: 423218

Apartment for sale in Riga, Riga center
Balasta dambis, 1th floor, 4 rooms, 179.00m2

360000.00 EUR 2011.17 EUR / m2

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ID: 423220

Apartment for sale in Riga, Riga center
Balasta dambis, 1th floor, 3 rooms, 131.00m2

260000.00 EUR 1984.73 EUR / m2

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