A Sleeping Beauty

Another of my favourite things was taking long bike tours along the river splitting my home town. One of my routes took me through a quiet suburban area, which was rather upper class. I had been biking the same route for around six years and a small villa had caught my eye. It was darkishJatka lukemista ”A Sleeping Beauty”

Destroy the Press Part III

A look from the balcony towards the editorial office reveals, that the mushroom like thing in the middle still remains. The clock has stopped, though. A view from the other corner. Although things still look pretty intact, the demolition has progressed rapidly. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this a vending machine for condoms?Jatka lukemista ”Destroy the Press Part III”

Destroy the Press Part II

Our adventures next continued upstairs to the Harris lobby. A part of the stuff left behind by the newspaper still remained. Someone had messed things up, though. It seems this room was used for coffee breaks by the demolition company, as these things weren’t here when I photographed here right after the newspaper had left.Jatka lukemista ”Destroy the Press Part II”

Destroy the Press Part I

It was the weekend after I had noticed that the demolition of my old workplace had begun. I was downtown with a couple of friends of mine having a beer. I told them a story about my colleague, who for years joked about setting up a chair in the roundabout next to the old offices,Jatka lukemista ”Destroy the Press Part I”

Let the Destruction Begin

Winter was slowly turning to spring, and believe me, in the North of Finland it really happens slowly. In mid-April we were finally over the worst, and it was no longer completely dark at 9 pm. I was driving home from my other hobby (yes, I have other hobbies than UE too), when I noticedJatka lukemista ”Let the Destruction Begin”

The Lights Are On, But Hopefully There’s No One Home

A few days after they started demolishing the old school with the lights still on, I noticed that another well published demolition site had commenced. For years there had been plans to build a hotel in the marketplace of Oulu next to the market hall. The plans had been drawn, yet nothing had happened. ThereJatka lukemista ”The Lights Are On, But Hopefully There’s No One Home”

The Workers’ Institute That Vanished Again

When the workers’ institute moved away from the premises, where I photographed in 2014, 2016 and 2017, it was given new spaces in a former school. Built originally in 1964 as a secondary school and high school, it was enlarged in 1968 and 1972. A curious detail about the building was that it was designedJatka lukemista ”The Workers’ Institute That Vanished Again”

The Day the Chimney Fell

The newspaper said that the battle was over. The forest giant owning the old Martinniemi sawmill’s power station was given permission to demolish it along with the huge chimney, which had been the landmark of the village for close to a hundred years. I found the place in 2011, photographed there in 2014 and visitedJatka lukemista ”The Day the Chimney Fell”

Not All Lost Souls Will Be Missed

My friends and colleagues, municipal politicians and construction professionals had long complained to me about my will to preserve every single building slated for demolition. If you have read this blog this far, you might probably have an idea whether they are right or not. If you haven’t maybe you should go to the beginningJatka lukemista ”Not All Lost Souls Will Be Missed”

No Fame Can Save You When Fortune Speaks

This, my dear readers, has for years been the most famous buildings that have been abandoned in Finland in years. A restaurant was founded here in the 1930’s, and the building was enlarged to its current shape in 1939. The restaurant was in the wing closer to the camera, the large firewall seen in theJatka lukemista ”No Fame Can Save You When Fortune Speaks”