Construction of a steam turbine electrical power plant was completed in 1909 and a gas plant in 1910. The buildings were constructed using the then revolutionary steel-reinforced concrete method. The architect Selim A. Lindqvist was influenced by Viennese Jugend architecture.
The power plant was closed in 1976 and gas production ended in 1994.
Since 1 January 2008 the real estate company Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo began developing, renting and maintaining the facilities.
The facilities are being renovated for use by artists and other cultural activities. Suvilahti is already home for photography studios, artists, writers, production companies and advertising agencies. The large courtyard is used for outdoor events.
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