Thursday, November 1, 2012

Helsinki's Abattoir

Helsinki, 3 degrees

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The final place we took the bloggers to on last Sunday was one of Helsinki's developing districts - the red brick slaughterhouse buildings filled with history, glowing of people with a passion - a passion for food & design.

The buildings used to function as an actual slaughterhouse back in the 30's but has ever since stood more or less closed for the public. Now since September the doors of the Abattoir have been opened, and what jewels it has inside! Right now there is a restaurant called Kellohalli, a food related library, a butcher shop, a pasta factory and a café - and more is to come! During the summer there was beautiful urban farming present on the grounds! I believe this area will become one of Helsinki's most interesting districts, especially food wise.

It already hosts wonderful events like farmer's markets but I dream about open air movie evenings and concerts. Next Restaurant Day it will host tons of independent restaurants, yey!

With the bloggers, we enjoyed an amazing brunch at the Kellohalli (in English: Clock Hall) restaurant.A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

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Do you believe in reusing buildings? Do you think buildings should cherish their history or hide it? Are you interested in the history of e.g. restaurant buildings you visit?

6 comments:

  1. Thats really innovative of them re-purposing the building, I love learning the history of buildings, it nice to know where something began and where its going in the future. Pasta factory sounds like my kind of place...what is it about? There is actually a hotel in Cape Town that I once visited that used to be a prison many years ago! They kept a lot of the olden day detail and style of the prison, its quite fascinating!

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    1. The Pasta Factory, http://www.pastafactory.fi/, is a real life pasta factory that makes fresh pasta :) We also have a prison turned into a hotel here, http://www.bwkatajanokka.fi/eng/home.html.

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  2. yes, I believe in reusing buildings and of course I cherish the history behind buildings. for example my house used to belong to my grandparents and my grandfather have built it, now I and my fiance renovate the house and make it more "us". I know my grandfather is more than happy because we continue his legacy and don't let it crumble in time.
    and yes, I and my fiance are always discussing the history of buildings we visit. especially the very old ones. I find history very important.

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. How nice that your house has a history, I would love to learn more about it!

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  3. Helsinki has been my destination on wishlist.
    Someday i will.
    It must have been quite an event there :) Great to chance on ur blog.

    Do check out my new post on MMM x H&M.
    ISSA TCHIEU

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    1. How nice! Helsinki is the best city in the world, if you ask me :)

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