An unusual, bizarre, vibrant and inspiring building that immediately grabs your attention: Fabrika. When I first went in, I could hardly believe that such a space existed in Tbilisi and yet I’d heard so little about it… Located at #8 E. Ninoshvili Street (not far from Marjanishvili metro station,) Fabrika is a huge former soviet sewing factory that has been transformed into an alternative creative space suitable for both local and international community. Fabrika’s urban atmosphere is really unique and its soviet soul has been preserved, blending harmonically with numerous modern elements. It is a place which welcomes everyone who wants to share ideas, create, socialize, rest or have a sleepover.
The Fabrika project was implemented by the architectural group ‘Multiverce Architecture’ (MUA) and architects Devi Kituashvili and Gogiko Sakvarelidze, who were hunting for such a building for a long time, finally discovered this abandoned 4-floor urban extravaganza in the center of Tbilisi.
Fabrika is a multifunctional space and also houses a hostel, managed by Adjara Group Hospitality.
“Fabrika hostel is the biggest in the region with 400 beds, appropriate for budget travellers, backpackers and students, as well as for different target groups such as families, business travelers and others. The hostel offers different types of services – dorms and private rooms. The prices start from 12 USD per night and there are rooms for 2, 3, 4, 6, 10 and 12 people. A bed in rooms for 3 people costs 20 USD. If there is a large group of visitors, they can be accommodated in a room for 12 people, Fabrika can also provide guests with apartment-type rooms with a terrace and a kitchen for 100 -140 USD per day,” said the hostel manager Anna Svanidze.
Fabrika also has a massive yard where you can find cafes and bars, a wine shop, art studios, concept shops and a creative-educational studio focusing on modern art, including photography, music and graffiti. There is also a shop that offers vintage clothes created in soviet times and found in the building in a storage area of the abandoned sewing factory.
What’s more, Fabrika, as a creative and alternative venue, hosts lots of interesting art events, festivals, exhibitions and more. A visit to Fabrika is highly recommended, not least to experience the vibrant energy of this brand new creative space!