Published in 5/2022 - Refurbish or Demolish?


Learning from the Ugliest Building in Oulu

Lauri Klemola

Toppila Silo in its current derelict state. Photo: Lauri Klemola

In the middle of a residential area in Oulu, a silo designed by Alvar Aalto is decaying as one last remnant of a pulp mill that operated on the site in the 1900s. In its unmaintained state, the building offers a lesson in the time of an eco-crisis.

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