Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek


Van Nelle Fabriek
van Nelleweg 1



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The Van Nelle Fabriek (Factory) is an imposing building with international appeal. It is of inestimable cultural and historical value, having the status of a nationally protected monument and being included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. From the outside the building is monumental, but inside it is innovative and modern. It was designed around the concepts of light, air and space, inspired by the 'new building' philosophy of the past.

For many years these buildings were factories producing coffee, tea and tobacco. In the mid 1990s the factories were closed, and renovation work started in 1998. Nowadays they house inspiring offices and business workspaces.


The UNESCO World Heritage Committee awarded the Van Nelle Factory (Van Nellefabriek) in Rotterdam World Heritage status on 21 June 2014. This is a worldwide acknowledgement of the unique and universal value of the former coffee, tea and tobacco factory.

Designed by J.A. Brinkman and L.C. van der Vlugt (1925 - 1931)


  • Places to go
    Rotterdam ByCycle
  • Things to do
    Abseiling and zip wire / Euromast
  • Places to go
    Kralingse Bos & Plas
  • Places to go
    Drijvend Paviljoen