Nokia cable company moved out of factory premises in 1989. Company temporarily rented out the former factory spaces to artists and entrepreneurs before handing them over to the City of Helsinki, which, however, was not at the time interested in keeping the premises.
Tenants formed the Pro Kaapeli Association, which fought against the demolition plans of the factory, and for keeping the space alive as a creative environment. Among these tenants was architect Pia Ilonen. She created and saw through the plan for saving the building. Since then Talli Architects have taken care of most step-by-step renovations in the Cable Factory.