In Vaasa there was a place, which had intrigued me since my childhood for several reasons. First of all the place was located by the old highway to Tampere. A motorway had been built in the 1960’s, and the section of the old road became a ramp to the road for slow traffic. When theJatka lukemista ”An Elementary Location”
A new year, but sadly nothing new in terms of adventures. The massive rebuilding of the city of Oulu continued. Almost every single meeting of the city council included several new plans, where old parts of the city was demolished to make way for new buildings, mainly apartments. And this included places abandoned at anJatka lukemista ”White House Comes Crumbling Down”
The last few posts have been more about demolition than exploring abandoned buildings. I believe these two things go hand in hand, after all they are successive phases in the life cycle of a building. First it’s planned, then constructed, abandoned and eventually demolished. Sometimes demolition comes quickly, sometimes the place sits abandoned for decades.Jatka lukemista ”Saying Goodbye at the end of the Summer”
I had been looking at this place for a long time seeking a way in. It was a massive, U-shaped complex on the outskirts of the town, and its latest inhabitant had been a furniture store. The chain was declared bankrupt in 2011, and since then the place had been empty. It stood there peacefullyJatka lukemista ”From Coaches to Couches and Fading Away”
This is the city of Tampere, nicknamed Mansesteri after Manchester because it used to be the industrial capital of Finland. The capital of the second largest region after Helsinki, it’s a thriving city, which had just received its new landmark: a huge tower hotel built next to the old railroad roundhouses by the station. BackJatka lukemista ”Evolving Tampere”
It was a Thursday afternoon, shortly before 4 pm. I had had another tight day at work, but had started early, so I was also allowed to escape early. When leaving work, I noticed something was different, so I decided to take a detour. This building was a part of the headquarters of newspaper Kaleva.Jatka lukemista ”Just Another Day at the Office”
Just another hardworking excavator performing its daily duty? Yes and no. This petrol station had opened in 1959, and for 57 years it had served cars and drivers. The building was original despite small facelifts being done, and it was probably one of the oldest petrol stations still in operation in Oulu and the wholeJatka lukemista ”Anticipating Changes”
Long bike trips were a thing for me that summer. And while biking in the suburbs, I was always on the lookout for new abandoned houses. Somewhere on the outskirts of the suburb Kaakkuri I spotted this tiny cottage, which most definitely seemed abandoned. The day was beautiful, and there were a lot of peopleJatka lukemista ”A Cabin in the Woods”
We explored all floors of the building, but the higher up we got, the more difficult it was becoming to breathe. The windows upstairs were intact, and the air changed less. The large glass windows let in a lot of heat and the air was extremely humid. It was almost as if we were inJatka lukemista ”Fresh Brew Part II”
I was taking a Sunday walk with a friend, when she noticed a large building on the roadside. ”What’s that”, she asked. ”That” was a former brewery. Founded in the mid 19th century it changed ownership several times. The oldest buildings were original, the newest one was the grey concrete building from 1968, which wasJatka lukemista ”Fresh Brew Part I”
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