World Heritage Van Nelle Factory - Rotterdam
The Van Nelle Factory has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014 and has won praise and admiration from the very beginning. The design by Brinkman and Van der Vlugt is a classic example of the Nieuwe Bouwen, an architectural movement from the twentieth century. Director Kees van der Leeuw commissioned a high-profile factory building that had to be completely above ground in order to create light, air and space. And it was controversial when construction was completed in 1931: it was called 'a poem in steel and glass', and the famous architect and urban planner Le Corbusier called it 'of a purity so unconditionally pure'.
Not only was the building itself innovative, the attention paid to the welfare of the workers was also progressive. Sports fields for relaxation, a factory garden during the lunch break and modern, hygienic sanitary facilities were unprecedented. Workers went from washing their hands once a week in a tub to showering every day in the factory. The factory produced coffee, tea and tobacco.
The factory can be visited with a guided tour.
World Heritage Van Nelle Factory
Van Nelleweg 1
3044 BC Rotterdam
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Can only be visited with a guided tour. Guided tours can be booked via www.urbanguides.nl or www.chabotmuseum.nl. Want to know more about UNESCO World Heritage? Visit https://www.werelderfgoed.nl