In the new city centre of Veenendaal, the former Hollandia wool factory is being converted into a culture cluster, housing the library, the Het Kleine Veenlo museum, the historical society and the art-lending facility. The design was approached first from an urban design perspective. Because the complex is not located along the main route, it has been linked to a new building. This new building ensures that the main entrance is located on the new Kees Stipplein and connects to the new street structure. The old factory chimney was retained, in the courtyard between the old building and the new edifice. Because the tower is now somewhat hidden, it mainly works at a distance, in the Veenendaal skyline, and you only see it again once you are inside the culture cluster.
The Nervi-like columns in the new building that end in the support structure for the floors are inspired by the industrial concrete structure of the old factory. This stacking of columns and floors has been made visible from the square through the glass façade. The knitting patterns incorporated in the outer walls refer to Veenendaal’s wool tradition. As in knitting, the brick walls feature variations in colour and relief, creating light and dark effects. They are brick Scandinavian jumpers in cable stitch and moss stitch, as it were, with a trim underneath that serves as a classical plinth. Weaving patterns can also be found in the play of flat and moulded click-bands in the façade.
[A] Jos van Eldonk
[P] Library, art-lending facility, museum, historical society and catering
[G] 4,700 m2
[C] Gemeente Veenendaal