Continuity and Change: Approaches to Conserving Modern Architecture Internationallyhttp://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/public_programs/continuity.html
Architect Wessel de Jonge, co-founder of DOCOMOMO International—the international working party for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement—
will present a lecture
on the restoration and reuse of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam
at the Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, on November 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam is considered an icon of Modernism.
Designed and constructed by Brinkman and Van der Vlugt in the 1920s, the factory had a huge impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe and elsewhere. It was not just its architectural style, but also its response to the social challenges of the day that made the Van Nelle factory special. It was designed on the premise that a modern, transparent, and healthy working environment in green surroundings would be good both for production and for workers' welfare.
Leendert Cornelis van der Vlugt (1894 - 1936 . Rotterdam, The Netherlands) known for his office Brinkman & Van der Vlugt - the office lasted only about ten years because van der Vlugt died in 1936 (Hodgkin's disease). Both architects had created buildings of international rank like the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam (1930).
Dutch architect, Wessel de Jonge, led the award winning restoration project for the adaptive reuse of the Van Nelle Factory (1999-2004). Today, the Van Nelle Design Factory provides office space for new media and design companies. The project and its team received the Europa Nostra Award, the Grand Prix of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, in 2008.
Wessel de JongeBy Stephanie Murg
on November 1, 2010