Van Nelle Design factory
3044 BC Rotterdam
Imposing building with international appeal
The Van Nelle Design Factory is an imposing building with international appeal. It is of immeasurable cultural and historical value, having the status of a nationally protected monument and being included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
From the outside the building is massive and quite ordinary looking, but on the inside it is innovative and modern. It was designed by the architects Van der Vlugt and Brinkman and built between 1925 and 1931. It was designed around the concepts of light, air and space, inspired by the 'new building' philosophy of the past.
The transparent architecture and the abundant windows turn the building into a work of art. The tea-room on the roof and the diagonal overhead walkways are characteristic elements. The building's architectural integrity is therefore to be fully respected.
For many years these buildings were factories producing coffee, tea and tobacco. In the mid 1990s the factories were closed, and renovation work started in 1998. Nowadays the building houses inspiring offices and business workspaces. They also offer an attractive location for events, conferences, seminars, movie and theatre productions and photo-shoots.