City transformation – first building moved!

Today is a historical day! The first building since the start of Kiruna city transformation has moved to its new location. The labor building B5, LKAB’s fifth building, was built in 1899 and was used mainly to house the city’s bachelors.

The building contains three apartments, weighing 82 tons, is 14.6 meters long and 8.5 meters wide. Alternately, over the years, B5 functioned as a worker’s residence. From the beginning there was a lot of congestion with 4-6 youngsters together in the larger rooms and almost as many in the smaller ones. The men lay two and two in each bed bumped by boards.

The move takes place on specially adapted vehicles and travels in walking pace up to the Luossavaara area. Once the foundations are cleared, the buildings pile up on large beams. Then the buildings are lifted onto a trailer with hydraulic jacks. The B5 is one of a total of seven cultural buildings that are preserved and moved to the Luossavaara area.

If you want some insight in the ongoing city transformation we can highly recommmend the guided city tour – A city in motion. You can also join a guided mine tour to LKAB:s visitor centre where you can learn more about the mining.