‘Poem in steel and glass’ on the World Heritage List

The Van Nelle Factory attracted international attention as soon as it was completed. Acclaimed architect and photographer duo Robertson and Yerbury called it ‘a poem in steel and glass’, and world-famous architect Le Corbusier even praised its ‘purity and uncompromising clarity’. That public appreciation has never gone away. Quite the opposite, in fact – in 2014, the Van Nelle Factory was the 10th Dutch site to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is an extraordinary recognition of the value of our historic coffee, tea and tobacco factory. It also represents a crowning achievement for the people who took the initiative to save the factory from certain destruction in the late 1990s.

Stroll on in

Twice a year, the Van Nelle Factory is opened to the interested public: during the Open Monument Day in the second weekend of September, and on the National Architecture Day in the last weekend in June. You could reserve a group tour for those days via UrbanGuides.

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