9th life of an old match factory

Graffiti, doodles, street art, scribbling – you name it.

The location is an old match factory in Mäntsälä, southern Finland. Match making started there 1873 in a simple log house. This brick building was built next to it in 1922. Matches were made there only until 1929, after which it has been e.g. a textile and woodwork factory.

After many years of idleness, at the beginning of this century there has been attempts to transform the building into fancy loft houses – with no luck. There has been also at least three fires during the recent years. Now it seems to be some sort of street art workshop and a hidden gallery, maybe the 9th life of the factory.

If somebody will have resources to make it a home, s/he may like to save some of the graffitis …

Is there going to be 10th life for this building?

[Click any image to enlarge.]


 Ground level

Second floor and attic


About Olli Laasanen

Eyes and ears open. New and old. Jobs and hobbies. Pictures and music. Entertaining and serious. Change and stability. Nature and urban.
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7 Responses to 9th life of an old match factory

  1. Olli, a nice series of images. The graffiti is particularly well captured. The image with the chair and graffiti is particularly interesting. It give the viewer a depth and context to the space. Although some might object to your found objects in the snow, I think they are delightful and add to a sense of place.

    • Thanks Tim for you feedback. I initially planned to capture only graffiti, but decided to show more about the building and environment as well. Details are also meaningful for me. – Glad you liked the post.

  2. I do hope this building is saved. It has so much potential. Loved the photos , Olli.

  3. Dragallur says:

    Wow this place looks fabulous!

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