Return to the Workers’ Institute Part IV

The layout of the annex building was a bit difficult to grasp. Both floors weren’t entirely built in the same level, and there were dark mazes and strange spaces somewhere in between floors.

Here someone has put in the effort to rip lamps and electric cords off the roof.

There was also the basement, which included loads of documentation from the institute’s years. They were all in one big messy pile, and as water had flooded the basement at some point, were pretty mouldy by now. The basement couldn’t be accessed because of this messy pile.

Even this annex included a small balcony. The other one had more of them, though.

There was even an attic, which was in a similar state of disarray as the basement. I expect to see lots of water damage next autumn.

Find the missing fuse.

Oh, great, a toilet. I did have the urge to, um, well, powder my nose. And I did.

There was a second annex to the western annex built in the eighties. It was pretty small and only housed the kitchen and restaurant.

Someone had celebrated a wedding here. The menu included steak, potatoes, fresh salad, salad from smoked fish, bread and non alcoholic drinks.

Even a Christmas menu was available. As the price is in marks, this must have been made prior to 2002.

The architecture and materials were more modern, but the story was the same: no radiators, no locks, just a mess.

I don’t think I’ll be served Christmas food anymore.

The furniture was a bit of a mismatch.

Even one of the school desks had made its way here.

The space was divided by a curtain, but the other side was just the same. The funny thing was, that this building was attached to the older annex, but there was no door in between. The only way to access the canteen and restaurant was through its own main entrance or through a set of balconies built between the old and new building.

This complex featured a lot of irregular roof shapes.

We took the route outside the building and climbed to the second floor of the old annex. Here there were rooms used for accommodation, probably by the academy students. Their beds didn’t look very comfortable.

The roof of the new restaurant wing was blocking the view.

The curtains were from the 80’s or 90’s. And they were lovely.

I hope nobody tries to sleep there anymore.

Wouldn’t sleep on that either.

Instruction for the people for the last day of their course before leaving the accommodation.

In a strange way these rooms remind me of a dormitory, I visited not so long ago.

Reminds me a lot indeed. But unfortunately this was the end of our journey.

The future of the place was pretty unclear back in 2016. The place was recognized as a local landmark by the museum, but was granted demolition permit back in 2014. The owner intended to build apartments on the site.

The news about the demolition was how I originally found the place, but since then not much had happened – except that the radiators had vanished. Some can be seen in the first pictures I took back in 2014.

Either someone had stolen the radiators and sold them for scrap metal, or the demolition had started from there and ended for some reason. Nothing had been heard of the project since then and just an eerie silence had fallen over it.

We’ll leave the story of this building for now and continue at a later date. Meanwhile, new conquests await.

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A Finnish Urban explorer & Photographer

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