Karosta translates as War Port (or Navy Harbor). It is used to be a closed secret military town for the Russian Empire and later for the Soviet military. As Latvia regained its independence in 1990, the Soviet military had to leave Karosta. As a result the population dropped dramatically from 25000 to 6000, leaving many abandoned buildings behind which have fallen into a state of partial or complete disrepair.
The project tries to present a vision for a multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility, which would coordinate cultural activities in the town as well as work as an attraction for both locals and tourists.


Roozbeh Tabandeh (architect)
Haleh Vedadi Nejad (architect)
Afshin Honarpisheh (3d rendering)

Karosta cultural center by roozbeh tabandeh in Latvia won the WA Award Cycle 17. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.

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