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The Mango Vinyl Hub architecture competition called on designers to tap into the historic and provincial nature of the city of Cesis in Latvia, and aptly consider the adaptive reuse of an abandoned tin foil factory in order to promote the resurgent interest in the vinyl record industry.
The winning team of Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa, and Tuana Yıldız from Italy set themselves apart by developing a restoratively sensitive architectural critique of the industrial work culture. In their designs they transformed the abandoned factory into a new co-working campus, incorporating a system of colourful, almost cartoonish, transit tubes to facilitate connection and communication.
Second place winners Onea Ioana Alexandra, Nistor Raluca, Hirleata Stefania Daniela, and Tirca Radu George are students at Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism "Ion Mincu" in Romania. Their proposal was chosen for its delineation and layering of new borders and boundaries within the existing structure to expose the extant industrial fabric while reviving its spaces and textures.
The third place winners were also students, this time from Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania, Valdone Mitkeviciute and Greta Prialgauskaite. Their project radically transforms the factory into a new co-working hub, both celebrating and displaying the emergent creative industries of the area.
See mangovinylhub.beebreeders.com for full details of the winning projects.