FABER is an independent cultural center, founded by a group of entrepreneurs from Timisoara in the fields of architecture, IT and social-cultural. Confidence in the potential of Timisoara and the desire to contribute to the consolidation of the creative industry in the city brought them together in 2017, when they decided to purchase the industrial warehouse in the AZUR complex and transform it into the FABER building.
The name Faber originates from the philosophical concept "Homo Faber" - the creative man - an idea proposed by Hannah Arendt and Max Scheler, which describes the man capable of changing the environment by means of tools. FABER is where any talent with a dream or a plan finds here the infrastructure, the way of working and the community to help them develop what they imagined. A place of inspiration and creation.
Since 2020, since the inauguration of the building, the FABER team has also become a creator of socio-cultural, visual, experimental, artistic and musical contents. The main FABER program lines - design and music are curated by Martina Muzi, designer and design teacher, and Florin Unguraș, co-founder of the TMBase festival.
In 2023, the year of Timișoara - European Capital of Culture, FABER is a reference space for a series of events within the cultural agenda. In partnership with the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, FABER signs the Bright Cityscapes program, whose various events - exhibitions, conferences, parties will take place in the FABER space, throughout the whole year.
Located on the banks of Bega, in the Fabric district, the FABER building - in its present form and functionality, is the result of the transformation and rehabilitation of an industrial building, part of the Azur complex. The former Azur factory, whose development began almost 200 years ago, at the initiative of the Farber family from Timisoara, represents another source of inspiration for FABER people and belonging to a creative-entrepreneurial history, an identity for the city.
The architectural qualities of the FABER space enjoyed international recognition shortly after its inauguration. In the New European Bauhaus 2020 awards, the FABER building was among the three European finalists in the "Buildings renovated in the spirit of circularity" category. In the same year, the architects of the building - the FOR team, were nominated for the prestigious European Prize for Architecture, Mies Van Der Rohe. In 2022, the same team was awarded at the BETA Architecture Biennale.
Around 20 companies and teams of freelancers from the creative industries - architecture, design, 3D production, textile and music production, content creators - operate in the FABER building. Cultural organizations and companies find at FABER the creative space, suitable for organizing their own medium and large events.
From April 2023, a new exhibition space of 750 m2 will be inaugurated and made available to creatives and cultural operators in the city. The effort involved in the inauguration of this space is the result of the FABER-AZUR S.A. Partnership.