VEF district gets its name from company “Valsts Elektrotehniskā Fabrika” or “State Electrotechnical Factory”, which can be referred to as Latvia’s original startup that brought to the market many innovations. VEF is a proud inventor of the world’s smallest analog camera “Minox”, in 1950s made all the teens happy by offering first small, portable radios in the region, and at some point even went as far as to make airplanes.

In Latvia VEF is a legendary company, known by young and old, so there’s no surprises that their former buildings and surrounding territories have become a hotspot of Latvia’s main technology companies. This location of less than 1 square km is accountable for more than 40% of the country’s annual IT exports and employs more than 4000 technology specialists.

VEF district is also a perfect testbed site for smart mobility solutions. The district is sliced by Riga’s main transport artery - Brivibas street, intersected by 15 different public transport routes, has an active cyclist flow and in a 5 minute walking distance is “Čiekurkalns” train station. VEF district also has one of Latvia’s first operational 5G base stations ready for work, and land space that can be used for testing mobility innovations requiring less intensive traffic flow.


VEFRESH movement has a vision of an exciting future for VEF district that includes improved accessibility, outdoor locations in the neighbourhood for people to relax and work and smart technology integration. The implementation will require joint effort from private, public sector and the local inhabitants.

Spatial concept developed by ĒTER