Pasila Tunnel

8.11.2009 at 21:49 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Industrial, Railroad, Strange, Walk Route | 9 Comments
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PasilaTunnel

It took me a while before I decided to go explore this tunnel in Pasila and when I did unfortunately I forgot to take a flash light with me. It’s approx. 600m long so when you get to the middle it does get a bit scary. I used the camera’s flash to look around and discovered some hardly soothing drawings on the walls. Dripping water and other sounds amplified by the stone walls also played an important role during the walk. The train I was anxious to meet didn’t come but I imagine that the tracks may be still in use, so take that into account when you visit. (Update: according to Timo L. the end part of the tracks has been removed so no need to fear the train.) You can access it either from the industrial railways next to Pasila’s railway station or from the other side around Kumpula. The tunnel is part of a track that connects the ”container city” on the railway route coming from the north with Kalasatama and the industrial harbours near Hermanninranta. These interesting harbours will soon be removed to make way for new, expensive apartment blocks – part of a bigger plan to convert Helsinki’s old industrial areas into smooth housing districts.
If you’re interested in railroad related stuff check out other posts within the new railroad category.

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Sense of direction

3.05.2009 at 0:26 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Strange, Walk Route | 1 Comment
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by Edit Bajsz

In the heart of the city, on the Railway Station Square (Rautatientori), on the southern part of it, close to the bike lane, I found a quite large motive in the pavement which looked like the symbol for marking the true north on a map, on a drawing. So one day I took my compass with me, and checked: the arrow is really pointing towards the North.

Rautatientori

The pavement of the square was renewed in 2000, but I couldn’t find any information yet whether this was a new thing or did it originally belong to the pavement. So the intention of the pavement-layout-designer remains a guess.

Rusting away

22.08.2007 at 17:55 | Posted in HSS, I Like it Anyway, Industrial | 1 Comment

by HSS student Mihai Oprea

Of course, the little fishing boat has seen better days. I mean, weeds and empty barrels are at best mediocre substitutes for salty water, breeze and surf. Not even the omnipresent seagulls find their way around here. Still this little old boat surrounds you with an air from another time; you can almost smell salted fish, cheap tobacco and lamp oil.

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I don’t know for how long this boat has been ashore in a corner of Suomenlinna; the fact that the owner has abandoned it can only make you think that he also abandoned his fishing business a while ago.

 

Many more other things look abandoned in Helsinki. I found, near the southernmost tip of the peninsula, this fascinating railroad. Continue Reading Rusting away…

Hermanninranta

8.08.2007 at 16:22 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Leisure, Romantisch, Strange, Walk Route | 1 Comment

Hermanninranta is just a nice spot that I like maybe because it’s a bit “off” despite being quite close to places like Sörnäinen or Arabianranta. It’s basically along the shore between the metro station Kalasatama and Arabia shopping centre. I noticed people go to jog there, to walk their dogs and apparently also just to chill out a bit and hide from the rest of the world. There are some industrial buildings in the area and also a storage yard for yachts. Behind the bushes is a quiet, stony shore.

Hermanninranta

Hermanninranta

Kalkkisaarenselkä – Vuosaari Harbour #1

1.08.2007 at 14:43 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Not Romantisch, Strange | 1 Comment

These photos will quickly become outdated, as the construction of the new harbour area in the waters of kalkkisaarenselkä is progressing fast (see the harbour as of April 2009). What used to be a neglected industrial harbour on the easternmost shore of Helsinki will now be rebuild, modernized and extended into the sea. All of the area seen on the pics below is new land. The whole area is currently as industrial as it gets. Cranes and containers on stone and concrete – all signs of biological life have been removed within a diameter of almost 2 sq.km. I only saw a couple of disoriented ducks trying to find their way amidst the new, hostile islands.

Kalkkisaarenselkä

Kalkkisaarenselkä

Aseman Pizza

19.06.2007 at 20:01 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Where to Eat | Leave a comment

One of many, immigrant-run pizza/kebab restaurants in Helsinki. The tiny pizzeria is located inside the Puistola train station in a space previously occupied by a ticket sales point. Decently-sized pizzas start from just 5€.

Aseman Pizza

Although most people order or take away there exists a possibility to eat on the spot.
The mixture of station wall tiles and kitsch decorations grants an interesting aesthetic experience.

Aseman Pizza

Tattarisuo

18.04.2007 at 18:07 | Posted in For Coffee or Tea, Go At Least Once, I Like it Anyway, Industrial, Strange, Walk Route | Leave a comment

An industrial district attached from the east to the Malmi airport. Place recommended for disconnecting from overload of modernity and organisation. A times it looks like taken straight from an American road movie or then again like an abandoned junk yard. There’s even a cafeteria somewhere there for those who are tired of Wayne’s Coffee and fancy something unpredictable for a moment.

Tattarisuo

Tattarisuo

Tattarisuo

Hernesaari

5.03.2007 at 22:28 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Industrial, Not Romantisch, Sports, Walk Route | 1 Comment

If you follow the boulevard along the coast direction west from the Kaivopuisto park you will suddenly find yourself in a significantly less pleasant environment – at least according to common standards. The Hernesaari peninsula is entirely covered with huge industrial halls, warehouses, cranes and building sites.
It is here that Kaurismäki has build slums for his movie The Man Without a Past (2002), obviously out of lack of real slums in Helsinki.

Hernesaari

Although not very beautiful this area could be of some interest to photographers and for anyone wanting his eyes to rest from the sight of predictable and ordered urban areas.

Hernesaari

If you continue walking till the end of the road you will eventually get to a warehouse which houses an ice-hockey school and a cafeteria for those who´d just like to watch.
Coffee is 1€.

Hernesaari Ice-Hockey School

Länsimäki

21.02.2007 at 21:46 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Walk Route | Leave a comment

This is just a quiet plain on the fringes of eastern Helsinki, practically across the borderline. Has a quite idyllic feel to it with people having walks and skiing. I liked the way the flat, white area looks like.

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This yard with its three marvellous automobiles was bordering the field. One of the beetles was tuned to be a racing car with a sporty steering wheel, seat and tyres.

Länsimäki

Container City

11.02.2007 at 13:04 | Posted in Architecture, I Like it Anyway, Industrial, Railroad, Walk Route | 3 Comments

Container City

Container City is located along the railroad between the Pasila and Kapylä stations.
A strange, little industrial town hiding a lot of interesting spots. There´s a cafeteria somewhere there probably for the truck drivers. I will visit next time I go there and describe my impressions.

Container City

Container City

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