The Van Nelle Factory
Architect: Brinkman & Van der Vlugt
Restoration: Wessel de Jonge/Claessen Erdmann
Product: moulded tiles, clear glaze
The Van Nelle Factory, designed by Brinkman & Van der Vlugt (1925–1931), is one of the shining examples of new building (Nieuwe Bouwen) in the Netherlands and the restored building (1999–2003) is one of the Netherlands' most important recent monuments. Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum had supplied tiles before, to replace damaged tiles in the halls and corridors of 'the most beautiful factory in the Netherlands'. During the restoration as much of the materials as possible were preserved or restored. One of the most complicated elements involved the mouldings for the toilet complexes. More than twenty models were developed to allow us to reproduce the elegantly designed walls. Three toilet complexes in all were restored to their original condition.