The Lasaretinväylä channel, which flows behind the art museum was once a vital source of energy due to the watermill which was built in 1720. A hydroelectric plant, which was designed by the architect Viktor Joachim Sucksdorf, was commissioned at the site in 1903 and eventually ceased its operation in the 1960s.

A fire caused severe damage to the building in the August of 2006 and the area was fenced off for a long while due to a collapse hazard and was therefore closed from the public.

During the spring of 2017, an art and event venue was established by Voimala 1889 Whatever Group in the former energy plant, which had now been renovated by Hartela-Forum. Voimala 1889 LLC was created at the turn of the year 2018 and now offers professional event and restaurant services at the premises. Voimala 1889 is Oulu’s newest and most refreshing culture oriented setting for hosting parties and events which also exhibits an art gallery.

The space is excellent for organizing meetings and public events. We also offer a comfortable sauna section for more casual occasions.
An event plaza was built between the Voimala and Rauhala venue’s during the summer of 2017.

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