© Raimo Ahonen
In a new initiative, Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña have acquired Alvar Aalto’s first industrial building, a Cellulose Silo in Oulu, northern Finland.
Working with the award-winning practice Skene Catling de la Peña, the intention is to use research and technology to restore and reveal Alto’s building, a powerful, cathedral-like concrete structure which was once used for storing wood chips. The building has been neglected since it closed in the 1980's but is an inspiring example of concrete construction by one of the greatest architects of the C20th.
The goal is to establish a Nordic network of collaborators across Finland, Sweden and Norway, including those with many years of experience documenting industrial heritage and its environmental impact in the north and arctic circle. Factum is now in contact with potential partners such as the Aalto University, the University of Oulu, the University of Applied Sciences Oulu and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), as well as a network of other partners with diverse skills and interests. The AALTOSIILO will share and develop digital recording and output skills in the Nordic region.
The fundraising is ongoing to support the restoration of this great building, empower the local community and open up the AALTOSIILO to an international audience dedicated to recording and revealing industrial architecture and the changing environment of the region. The renovation work is scheduled to start in Spring 2021.
© Charlotte Skene Catling for Factum Foundation
© Laura Heinonen for Factum Foundation