Kaapeli (Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo) is a property management company owned by the City of Helsinki. We own, renovate and rent old industrial premises for cultural use. The objective is to provide functional and inspiring spaces for different forms of culture.
Since 1992, we have owned Cable Factory in Helsinki’s Ruoholahti district, which is the largest cultural centre in Finland. Since 2008 we have owned the old energy generation area in Suvilahti, which is known for large public events and festivals, and from the start of 2020 also the former head office and manufacturing site of the Orion pharmaceuticals company located at Nilsiänkatu 10, Vallila.
With the purchase of N10, we manage almost 100,000 square metres in three locations in Helsinki. Additionally, the dance house Tanssin talo is currently under construction next to Cable Factory and is due to open in 2022. (Find out more about the progress of the construction project and related arrangements at tanssintalorakentuu.fi.)
Our company aims to develop properties for the long term and provide functional and inspiring spaces to meet the needs of artistic and cultural actors and the creative industry. Our activities are run on a sustainable basis and enrich Helsinki’s cultural offering.
Our objective is to find tenants who both contribute to developing the overall entity and support each other’s activities. Our company operates on its rental income with no external support.
We aim to promote a diverse cultural offering in Helsinki. Because of this our rental pricing is staggered: for instance, studio tenants only pay around 40% of the rent that commercial operators pay.
All the company’s income is invested back into developing and maintaining the premises, with no distribution of dividends.
Our turnover is around EUR 6 million.
Environmental responsibility is a fundamental part of our activities and we are continually striving to lower our environmental impact. Our objective is to reduce the climate and environmental impacts of events and the buildings. We are continually developing our waste management and reducing our consumption of water, electricity and heat. We also compensate all the aviation emissions of our work-related travel. Cable Factory is part of the EcoCompass environmental management system.
Our role is to facilitate artistic and cultural activities in former industrial premises. We renovate and rent our event spaces and provide our tenants with support and assistance. We turn industrial premises into interesting and functional cultural sites – creating something new and preserving what is good in the original.
Our objective is to create a better life through culture. The Cable Factory is a place for making art, practising art and for artistic experiences.
We aim to be a trend-setting, international centre of culture.
People first – We like to know our tenants and give personal service.
Trust –The cornerstone of our activities in all our interactions.
Flexibility – Situations and requirements come in all shapes and sizes – there’s always a solution.
Simplicity – We keep things uncomplicated and smooth.
Love of culture – The reason why we come to work every day.
We are happy to be part of various experiments and research projects that aim to find new ways of doing things and challenge old approaches. Here are a few examples of recent collaboration projects.
A four-year (2015-2019) project to develop new operating and financing models for cultural organisations. creativelenses.eu
Vekotinverstas / Forum Virium
Vekotinverstas, which ran from 2018 to 2019, was a workshop open to all where city residents and companies could try out and build IOT applications and devices with expert guidance. Vekotinverstas was set up by the City of Helsinki’s innovation company Forum Virium Helsinki and Kaapeli. vekotinverstas.fi
Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities
CCSC was a joint culture policy project with 10 partners (2018-2021) to map out the challenges of influencing at the local level and search for solutions for increasing the participation of city dwellers. www.spacesandcities.com
Occupy Cable Factory!
As part of the CCSC project, Kaapeli has launched an experiment where Merikaapelihalli is, as far as possible, always available to be occupied by dancers, amateurs and professionals in the performing arts or anyone else.
We are a member of several European cooperation networks.
Trans Europe Halles – a network of independent European cultural centres. The network comprises almost 80 cultural centres around Europe. www.teh.net
ECHN - European Creative Hubs Network. The network comprises around 30 creative hubs. creativehubs.net
ECBN - European Creative Business Network. The network is an independent foundation with 100 members in the 28 EU countries. ecbnetwork.eu
Board of directors / Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo
Anna Baijars, chairman of the board
Marja-Leena Rinkineva, vice-chairman