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History of Suvilahti
in a Nutshell

• 1907: decision taken to construct electrical power plant beside Suvilahti Bay in the Sörnäinen district of Helsinki.

• 1908-1911: Construction of the Suvilahti power plant and gas plant

• 14 July 1909: inauguration of power plant designed by architect Selim A. Lindqvist.

• 1910: Gas plant begins operations

• Expansions, extensions and new buildings in the 1930's, 40's and 50's.

• 1976: power plant operations discontinued at Suvilahti.

• Early 1980's: power plant converted into a warehouse and exercise facilities for employees of Helsinki Energy.

• 1980's: power plant first used for cultural projects, including KOM Theatre 1981–82 and a film studio.

• 1994: Gas production is discontinued following a switch to natural gas

• 2000's: business activities and photography studios.

• 2007: The City of Helsinki decides to transform Suvilahti into a cultural venue with related activities. The urban music festival Flow Festival moves to Suvilahti

• 30 October 2007: proposal to transfer administration to Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo.

• 1 January 2008: Suvilahti is transferred from Helsinki Energy to the City of Helsinki and Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo. The Helsinki City Museum’s conservation objectives are outlined in a report published by the Suvilahti committee.

• 2009-2010: Soil remediation work is carried out. 1,411 truckloads of contaminated soil is removed. The courtyard is renovated and partially paved with asphalt. Helsinki’s first authorised 100-meter-long graffi ti wall is opened. It receives the first Helsinki Cultural Deed award.

• 2010: Kojehuone (building 8) is renovated from inside for Cirko – Centre for New Circus

• 2011: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, the biggest heavy metal festival in the Nordic countries, attracts 28,000 visitors in its first year at Suvilahti. 

• 2013: The renovation of Voimalaitos (building 1) is completed for Circus Helsinki.

• 2010-14: Oranssi renovates Valvomo (building 11).

• 2014: The renovation of Tiivistämö (building 5) is completed. 

• 2017: The city of Helsinki decides to renovate the brick and steel gas watch enabling the transformation of the space for cultural use

• 2018: Suvilahti is celebrating its 10 years as a cultural centre.

• 2019: Suvilahti's new graffiti wall opens.