OFFICE + INDUSTRIES to MEDIALAB
Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam.
The buildings complex were designed by architect Leendert van der Vlugt from the Brinkman & Van der Vlugt office in cooperation with civil engineer J.G. Wiebenga, at that time a specialist for constructions in reinforced concrete, and built between 1925 and 1931.
Van Nelle is a maybe a generic multiuse building along the times. In the 20th century it was a factory, processing coffee, tea and tobacco and later on additional chewing gum, cigarettes, instant pudding and rice.
Currently it houses a wide variety of new media and design companies and is known as the Van Nelle Design Factory (“Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek” in Dutch). Some of the areas are used for meetings, conventions and events.
Represents the multifunctional capability of its constructive scheme, simply defined with elementary solutions and its most striking topic, diagonals galleries equipped with conveyor belts.