The old Plywood and Furniture factory outside Tallinn used to provide jobs for many thousand workers. This is an abandoned holiday home complex that used to belong to the factory. The furniture factory actually dates back to before the Soviet occupation time – but it’s closed now.
Some 300 years ago this was part of Sweden. A bus stop nearby is still called “Swedish cattle”
The factory was doing well and could afford what was then cutting-edge in design and location
The facilities have been quietly rotting away for about 10 years, with the original bar and recreation rooms intact. Occasionally, the new owners would have a short party here and then disappear again.
Weekend recreation back in the days
They might still work
Old tennis courts
Standard light switches, used to be placed in many Soviet homes
The factory itself declared bancrupcy a while ago, the old factory grounds are about to be converted to flats. Assets like these were bought by investors but never developed.
Plywood and Furniture Works had its own football team with the imaginative name “Plywood and Furniture Works Football Team”. It’s the oldest football club in Estonia. It was still alive and kicking in 2008, although I’m pretty sure it got disbanded eventually.
Entry at own risk
The leisure facilities are close to the sea – which, being the country border, was a no-go zone. The whole area is fenced off by barbed wire.
Old fire hose (The fire hydrant has mysteriously disappeared)
Fire hook – there used to be a whole set of standard tools: typically a shovel, an axe and a fire hook.
Someone is still using the grill
Old Soviet style flower pots made of concrete didn’t change much after years of neglect – still just as ugly.
Beehives where lamps used to be
(Faint letters in Russian): “Don’t touch the buttons because the control mechanisms are not working anyway”
The roofs will probably collapse within the next 10 years