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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. Kojehuone (building 8) is renovated from inside for Cirko – Centre for New Circus

• 2011: The renovation of Kattilahalli (building 1) is completed for Circus Helsinki. Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, the biggest heavy metal festival in the Nordic countries, attracts 28,000 visitors in its first year at Suvilahti. Oranssi completes the renovation of 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.