Fabrika - The core site of Tbilisi's gentrification

„Once a sewing factory, it was transformed into one of those places that every city ought to have.”

Fabrika is a multifunctional hub that probably every tourist knows about, considering that it’s relatively democratic in price. But above all, it’s the core site of Tbilisi’s gentrification—the place where it all began. Once a sewing factory, it was transformed into one of those places that every city ought to have. And yet, it does have its own unique design and flair to it. Created by two young Georgian architects from the Multiverse Architecture urban design office, it accumulates old and new in a very tasteful and functional way. It reflects old Tbilisi—one of the most tolerant and democratic cities of mixed nationalities and cultures. Fabrika has its hostel space, multiple designer shops, restaurants and a multimedia school called CES.

For me it’s biggest value is that it has brought to life one of the oldest and most beautiful districts of Tbilisi, called the Plekhanov / Chugureti district. It was somewhat forgotten and understated. Thanks to Fabrika, locals have started multiple small businesses and people have re-evaluated the importance of the architecture of the district, which is abundantly rich and differs from other parts of the city.

The only record shop in Tbilisi, Vodkast, is also located here.

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