The operation of the building in Riga, Ziepju street 11, began in 1970 when it was used as a service hotel for the employees of the nearby trolley bus park. It was built as a five-story building of brick and panel construction with a basement. The building has been empty since 2018. In the same year, a decision was made to rebuild the building into a multi-apartment rental residential building.
Through another initiative, the process has begun to locally adapt the principles of material and construction circularity to refurbish a derelict Soviet building to modern living standards while striving for small innovations for municipal social services that build on the strengths of the community and neighbourhood. The project will house families with physical and mental disabilities opening the ground level to a variety of social services and community centres for the neighbourhood thus forming a symbiotic relationship between different groups.
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