The Van Nelle Factory

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The Van Nelle Factory. Industrial property listed in the national register of historic monuments, and proud UNESCO World Heritage site. Energy and inspiration. Glass and steel. History and future. The Van Nelle Factory is the definitive venue in Rotterdam for businesses, events and culture. Already home base to over 80 large companies and smaller enterprises, the Van Nelle Factory also hosts countless local, national and international conferences and networking events. A unique environment, spacious and light, offering a tangibly dynamic setting.


For 64 years coffee, tea and tobacco were produced

In 1923, Van Nelle’s progressive managing director Kees van der Leeuw commissioned the construction of an ingenious, cutting-edge factory complex that would incorporate a comprehensive range of employee facilities. The factory not only included showers, it also had to be built entirely above ground to let in light and air and create space.

Untill the year 1995 coffee, tea, and tobacco were produced here. After 64 years it all stopped. 

In 1998, Sara Lee/DE endorsed the ambitious renovation plans of an enthusiastic group of developers. The building was adapted to the new preferences and demands of modern society so it could once again be used as a high-powered and dynamic hub, this time for creative professionals.

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The green factory

We keep the factory’s ecological footprint as small as possible. All the sanitary facilities are flushed with ‘grey’ water, and the entire factory runs on electricity from renewable sources. WWe have LED lighting in all the event rooms and use separate waste collection. We also encourage travel by public transport and only use environmentally friendly cleaning products. In fact, it would not be overstating the matter to say that the renovation of this gorgeous former factory is essentially the ultimate form of recycling. Our sustainability policies were rewarded with the A-label for sustainable monument management, presented by the Ministry of Public Works and Water Management, as well as the Golden Green Key, awarded for attaining the very highest standard of environmental care in the recreation and leisure sector. And we continue to work hard to pursue self-improvement.

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