|Van Nellefabriek - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #1441|
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Van Nellefabriek - NETHERLANDS - UNESCO #1441
Last month 26 new sites were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and one of those sites is this factory complex in the Netherlands. It was build between the World Wars and it helped establish a new industrial architecture paradigm (something that already started in Germany with buildings like Fagus Factory in Alfeld also a WHS that I already have on my collection). Thank you very much Mike, I bet that you were extremely happy when you knew that this site (near your home) was added to the list. Well I can now say that I've completed the Netherlands WHS... again! My collection reaches 416, only 591 to finish. This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
Van Nellefabriek (Netherlands) was designed and built in the 1920s on the banks of a canal in the Spaanse Polder industrial zone northwest of Rotterdam. The site is one of the icons of 20th century industrial architecture, comprising a complex of factories, with facades consisting essentially of steel and glass, making large-scale use of the curtain wall principle. It was conceived as an “ideal factory”; open to the outside world, whose interior working spaces evolved according to need, and in which daylight was used to provide pleasant working conditions.