Suvilahti cultural centre is a former power plant that comprises nine buildings, two gasometers and yard space. Tenants range from authors to a brewery bar and from graffitigallery to a restaurant. The operating model for the area is similar to that of the Cable Factory, the largest cultural centre in Finland, in Ruoholahti.


- An anarchist in constant change


Suvilahti is a unique industrial milieu that is changing all the time – at least its hundred-metre-long graffitiwall is different every day. Suvilahti is home to a wide range of cultural actors and a venue for major public events and festivals.

The former power plant comprises nine buildings, two large gasometers that have become local landmarks and 2,5 hectares of open-air yard space.
Suvilahti’s tenants range from authors to a brewery bar and from a graffitigallery to a restaurant. As the renovation of the facilities progresses, even more tenants and activities will arrive offering year-round open cultural activities and entertainment, expecially in the fields of the arts, new cirkus and theatre.

Suvilahti’s location in the heart of the new Kalasatama district represents a unique opportunity to transfor the area into a lively social space.

Since 2008 Suvilahti is administered by the property management company Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, which is owned by the City of Helsinki. The company is responsible for renovating and renting the former industrial buildings for the needs of the arts, culture and handicrafts.

Photo: Kuvio Oy / Martin Sommerschield

Photo: Heikki Kouvo