Zuzeum is a significant contribution to the Baltic’s art infrastructure. Set in an industrial neighborhood, Zuzeum’s development is an important step in advancing the entire city of Riga. “An influx of energy is being encouraged that will attract people and help revitalize this part of the city. This is a very important moment, and also encourages new discussion—to go beyond just preserving existing buildings, instead to evaluate the possibilities of adaptive reuse by injecting these buildings with new functions and, consequently, bring new life into them,” says Anna Bates (nee Butele), the author of the project and founder of Annvil, interior architecture office, that has designed the reconstruction, territory development plans, facilities, and interior of historical buildings. Zuzeum is housed in a former cork factory, designed and built in 1910. Located in between the historical center of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the upcoming Rail Baltica, integrating Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, and Warsaw into its European rail network. The building was designed in a cosmopolitan, multilingual, and dynamic period of Riga’s history. Zuzeum has survived wars and crises, and now is being reopened to continue the conversation about art and the city.
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