Fabrika — Tbilisi, Georgia

Bedroom showing a bed with white bedding, full-length window with yellow curtains, and a red patterned rug
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If you ever needed a clear signal of Tbilisi’s arrival on the contemporary tourist map, it would be the debut of the Adjara Group Hospitality’s Fabrika.

Part of the larger global movement towards a new accommodation model of hostel slash hotel slash AirBnB – a flag flown proudly by the likes of the Ace, Generator, Zoku and Room Mates – the 98-room property is located in an old Soviet-era sewing factory. Here, Multiverse Architecture has left the industrial concrete shell more or less intact, while carving out of the vast interior space into a series of, admittedly austere, rooms that are based on demographics and funds: dorm rooms featuring shared bunks and bathrooms, private rooms with en-suites, and apartments with kitchenettes and terraces.

Outside of the rooms, the vibe is firmly democratic with the lobby serving as a sociable watering hotel and den, anchored by a common kitchen that’s based on local produce, and a courtyard speckled with cafés and bars serving up burgers and Georgian treats. Meanwhile, the rooftop terrace provides more socialising opportunities. 

The neighbourhood is a particular draw, the cobbled streets, so reminiscent of the old world, giving way to fabulous period architecture – a mix of traditional Georgian silhouettes alongside art nouveau and neo-classical piles.

Alternative view of the bedroom, with a staircase up to a second floor

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Two single beds with white bedding, a yellow chair in the corner and a large window with yellow curtains

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Hostel-style room with multiple bunk beds, a small desk with chair and yellow curtains at the window

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Changing room featuring individual shower cubicles with yellow shower curtains, red lockers opposite, a line of benches and hairdryers on the end wall

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Large industrial-style communal area with low leather sofas, a football table, hammocks and mismatched seating

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ADDRESS

8 Egnate Ninoshvili Street

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.