Building of the Week: Rotterdam

Considered the most beautiful factory in the world, the former Van Nelle factory is the most prominent industrial monument in the Netherlands and was was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014. It started life as a factory processing coffee, tea and tobacco but has stopped operating in 1996 and is now a creative hub, housing many creative studios and architects. 

Designed by Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, the factory is a classic example of the Nieuwe Bouwen school of Dutch modernist architecture and was built between 1927 and 1930. The clever and beautiful 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.

Picture taken in August 2020.