The Van Nelle Factory


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

Meetings, conferences and events at Van Nelle

The Van Nelle Factory produced tobacco until well into the 1990s. The complex was renovated and redesigned in 2000. Since then, it houses a variety of media and design firms and offers 12 rooms that can be booked for meetings, conferences and events for up to 7,000 people.

Accessibility and parking

The Van Nelle Factory can be reached by bus 38 from Rotterdam Central Station. Cars can park at one of the parking lots just outside the grounds opposite the main entrance.

Check out the VR Tour of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.

*J.A. Brinkman and L.C. van der Vlugt / 1925 – 1931