Coffee to culture: architecture icon

Van Nelle Factory Building - 17

The Van Nelle factory building is now home to more than 80 big and small businesses in media and design. Until 25 years ago this used to be a thriving tobacco, coffee and tea factory. During 64 years the mixed aroma of tobacco, coffee and tea would greet you at the door.


Contrary to most other factories it is built completely above ground to create a sense of light, air and space for it’s workers. In 2014 the Van Nelle factory was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as an icon of 20th century industrial architecture. Armed with my camera I capture the unique space outside and in. Nice clean cut lines shifts to color and kitch. The amazing light magnifies the glass and steel construction as well as the hipster goods.