Abandoned & Industrial Photography

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Karlit Board Factory

At the end of the plank.

Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden.

The barren remains of the Karlit board factory. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

The barren remains of the Karlit board factory.

Possibly the most iconic of the older factory structures at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Possibly the most iconic of the older factory structures ...

curiously with a large painted target on the facade at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

... curiously with a large painted target on the facade. This was not a part of the original design.

Gutted interiors, with a view at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Gutted interiors, with a view.

Industrial ice rink at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Industrial ice rink.

Concrete string theory at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Concrete string theory.

Concrete shadow play at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Concrete shadow play.

Industrial stilleben at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Industrial stilleben. Always a treat.

Industrial patchwork hues at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Industrial patchwork hues.

Du kan. Du vill. Du törs at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

“Du kan. Du vill. Du törs”. But, can you find it?

The last rays of the winter day's sun at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

The last rays of the winter day's sun ...

For a brief moment illuminating “Portrait of Sylvette David” by Picasso at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

... for a brief moment illuminating “Portrait of Sylvette David” by Picasso (a reproduction, probably).

Board making machinery. Surprisingly intact still. Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Board making machinery. Surprisingly intact still.

Industrial entrails at Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Industrial entrails. Always a treat.

Not far from the factory ground a few small cabins await their ultimate fate. Karlit. Karlholmsbruk, Uppland, Sweden. January 2017.

Not far from the factory ground a few small cabins await their ultimate fate.

Yours truly

Hej!

The community of Karlholm has an industrial heritage reaching back to the early 18th century with iron works and saw mills. The Karlit board factory isn't of that vintage but started up in the late 1930s and shut down for good in 2012. The later part of its life was unstable with several different owners, among them Ikea who stepped in as a part-owner in 1995 and later became full owners. Karlit produced MDF board for Ikea until 2004 when they stepped out and the board manufacturing was moved to Poland. But production for the Ikea continued, now by manufacturing complete sets of furniture, among them the futon Hermes. Eventually the making of Hermes and else was moved to the Czech republic and by that Karlit was made bankrupt.

The entire property was sold on an executive auction in spring 2013. The only bidder was a entrepreneur who got it for the price of a family car with the initial idea to rent parts of the factory for storage. After realising that the property came with three kilometres of waterside the idea grew into what is now known as Karlholm Strand.

Again it's all thanks to my friend Pavel Matveyev that I got the opportunity to experience this place before it was completely demolished.

photo_cameraJanuary 2017

cloudFebruary 2019

color_lensHasselblad 500c/m, Zeiss Distagon 50 mm F/4, Meopta Flexaret V, Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Tri-X at EV 400, Imacon Flextight Photo.

Project Karlholm Strand

The next stage for the Karlit factory compound is the transformation into a waterside community. When typing this (February 2019) the property has been cleared from contaminated soil and virtually all remains of the old mill demolished. Construction will be untertaken in several steps where the very first has been taken in the form of a restaurant.

© Karlholm Strand

The architect's rendering of the planned area.
© Karlholm Strand

© Karlholm Strand

The architect's aerial rendering of the planned area.
© Karlholm Strand

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