Van Nelle factory

Van Nelleweg 1,3044 BC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Former Use: Tobacco, coffee and tea factory
New Use: Office and events space, museum (expected)
Category: Industrial Museum, Office, Other
Original Architect: J.A. Brinkman and L.C. van der Vlugt
Reuse Architect: Wessel De Jonge
Construction year(s): 1925 - 1931
Reuse year(s): 2000 -


As the most prominent industrial monument in the Netherlands, the former Van Nelle Factory was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014. Designed by Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, the factory is a classic example of the Nieuwe Bouwen school of Dutch modernist architecture, built between 1927 and 1930. The ingenious building was designed to provide all the facilities for the employees close at hand, keeping the building fully above-ground to create air, light and space.

Meetings, conferences and events in The Van Nelle
Until well into the 1990s, the Van Nelle Factory still produced tobacco. The complex was renovated and redesigned in 2000. Since then, it has housed a wide range of media and design firms and offers 12 rooms that can be booked for meetings, conferences and events for up to 5,000 people.

Visitors centre The Van Nelle Factory
The Van Nelle Factory will open soon a visitors’ centre. (2)

Relevant Literature:

  1. Prudon T. H. M., 2008, Preservation of Modern Architecture, Wiley, New Jersey, p.449-451

Added on 2018-09-07 by editor Dora Chatzi Rodopoulou