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Culture Silo


Culture Power Station aims to transform Meri-Toppila’s old silo building - previously owned by Toppila oy - into a developing community art center. The transformation will be implemented based on a cultural-economic plan with help from the local community and the people associated with the project. The plans for the repair and transformation have been drawn by architect Heikki Riitahuhta.


The Culture Silo’s reconstruction overlaps with the culture activities held in the building. The Culture Silo is a community art work created by a long-span, open and community-centered process.


Oy Toppila’s cellulose factory in Oulu was the first industrial complex designed by Alvar Aalto. The construction was finished in 1931.


When the area was rezoned into a housing area at the turn of the 1990s, the most essential industrial constructions were marked as protected. The city of Oulu has granted Kulttuurivoimala – Culture Power Station the contract on the Toppila silo building. The contract has a precondition that the reserver provide a preliminary plan on 2009 and that the silo will be in use on September 2011.

View: Culture Silo's sound and light installation from 2009

View Heikki Riitahuhta's repair and transformation plans: Kulttuurisiilo - Käyttötarkoituksen muutos ja kulttuuriekologinen korjaussuunnitelma