A new residential quarter in the center of the Torņakalns district will appear on the site of the Tekstiliāna factory and will be realized in three stages: several new buildings will appear where an abandoned building has stood for many years.

The history of the Tekstiliana project site dates back to 1887, when a doll and other toys factory was opened here by “Füreke & Leitke”—at that time the only toy factory in Riga and the Baltic States. It existed until the Second World War. In 1944, the former territory of the toy factory was taken over by the Tekstiliāna textile factory.

Then, since the late 1990s, the factory building was abandoned. In 2008 a large-scale reconstruction of the building was planned—a new residential complex was to appear here. But in 2009 the construction company was recognized as insolvent and the project was closed, and later another developer—Estonian company Estera Development—took over the territory. It is this project that is the subject of the text.

The Toy Factory
Abandoned factory building in the 2000s
Abandoned factory building in the 2000s

Layouts and Amenities

The quarter will be built in three stages: first, the former textile factory building will be transformed into a 5-story residential building with an underground technical floor. The developers and the project architect promise to emphasize the most expressive details of the facade.

Then a second building will be attached to the first L-shaped building along Vienības gatve iela—an income house with rental apartments. The third stage is the construction of three buildings with 76 apartments of 3 to 5 floors and the development of the adjacent territory in the back of the Tekstiliana complex.

So far the most is known about the first house. The building will house 64 apartments with various layouts—from 1 to 5 rooms. Apartments on the first floor will have terraces, on the 2nd-4th floors—balconies, and residents of the upper 5th floor will become owners of penthouses and will receive spacious roof gardens of up to 60 m².

The area of the most spacious offer of the first phase is 186.5 m², of which 62.1 m² is occupied by a terrace. The most compact apartment is a one-bedroom apartment with an area of 32.2 m². But most of the apartments in the first phase are three-room apartments. They have two different layouts: a 70 m² apartment with two bathrooms or a 66 m² apartment with one bathroom and a small utility room.

The layout of one of the two-bedroom flats
The layout of the one-bedroom flat

Even the standard finishing of the apartments includes premium solutions: Italian luxury porcelain stoneware “Refin“ and “Quintessenza“ in the bathrooms, “Villeroy & Boch“ sanitary ware and “Hansgrohe“ faucets that allow to reduce hot water consumption, premium Boen parquet made of natural oak in the living areas.

A private charging station for electric cars can be installed on the underground floor. There will also be above-ground and underground bicycle storage facilities for residents.

Rooftop terrace
Courtyard area


The courtyard of the quarter is planned to be green and private: it will have private areas for the owners of terraces on the first floors and common spaces for the residents of the quarter. The common areas will include a playground, walking paths, trees and shrubs.

Now Torņakalns is actively developing. The new quarter is being built near universities (Academic Centers of the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University), medical institutions, kindergartens and schools, shopping centers. Āgenskalns and Kalnciema markets and several shopping centers are within walking distance.

In the neighbourhood there are Arcadia Park, Victory Park and Lutsavsala Recreation Park
Academic Centre of the University of Latvia

Also in the coming years, during the implementation of the Rail Baltica project in the vicinity of Torņakalns station, it is planned to create an interchange center of urban and intercity public transport—Torņakalns multimodal transport hub, which means that the area will be integrated into the system of modern transport routes of urban and international scale.

It is easy to get around the district on foot, by bicycle (including using the cycle path connecting the district with the center of Riga), by car or by public transport. From Torņakalns you can easily travel along Pārdaugava, get to the center of Riga or Priřiga.

Surrounding area

Energy Efficiency

According to preliminary calculations, all buildings of the new Tekstiliana quarter will have class A+ energy efficiency.

For residents, this will mean not only a significant reduction in housing operating costs, but also comfortable household solutions related to the smart home system—for example, intelligent ventilation equipment with a recovery system and radiator heating controlled by a Danfoss system.


Most of the apartments in the first phase have already been booked or bought out. They are priced in the following ranges: one-bedroom (31.9m² to 35.3m²) for €96,750-105,750, two-bedroom (40.1m² to 41.2m²) for €124,750–127,250, three-bedroom (61.6m² to 68.7m²) for €199,250–218,750 and four-bedroom (80.4m²) for €264,750. The price of penthouses on the top floor ranges from €316,750 to €483,500.

Also together with the apartment you can buy a storage room on the underground floor—from 2 m² to 4 m² for € 1,500 per square—and parking spaces: single for € 20,000 or double, to put one car behind the other, for € 25,000. Parking spaces will also be available on the street – from a cost of €15,000. However, the total number of parking spaces in the first phase of the project is less than the number of apartments, so the right of first refusal is given to owners of 3-, 4- and 5-room apartments.

Project Team

The developer of the project is Estonian company Estera Development, which has started to develop actively in Latvia as well. 

The architecture of the neighborhood is designed by the SARMA & NORDE Arhitekti team led by Jānis Norde.

The courtyard landscape is being designed by Labie Koki company. 

Author : editor nbhd
Date: 08.01.24