Peer learning visit in Helsinki

City Puzzle – towards a sustainable model of reusing old premises for cultural uses


The example of Kaapeli (the Cable Factory). The city of Helsinki and the real-estate company Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo (Kaapeli) have been cooperating for 30 years to manage the former Cable Factory. The legal form of the company and full ownership of the premises led to a long-term sustainable operational model guaranteeing qualitative cultural activities.

Themes tackled during the peer learning visit:

  • Sustainable and adaptive re-use of (industrial) heritage buildings for artistic uses
  • Cooperation model between municipal departments: culture, city museums, housing and environment
  • Governance models for transformed cultural heritage sites
  • Helsinki City strategic framework for cultural heritage; Helsinki’s Real estate strategy; Culture and Art Vision 2030.


Application deadline: 9 May 2022 – extended deadline

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