location Leiden, Netherlands
client Ab van der Wiel, Meelhattan B.V.
program residential, commercial and leisure
surface 55000 m²
status under construction
design team Studio Akkerhuis
consultants Piet Oudolf, Lola Landscape, Pieters Bouwtechniek, LBP Sight
The Meelfabriek was created as an industrial complex in 1883, its expansion continued in phases for 100 years until production eventually ceased in 1988 when the facility was closed down. The complex has become a national monument because of its importance to the industrial heritage of the Netherlands.
Located in the centre of Leiden, the site has long been neglected and inaccessible for the city. Today, the project strives to reconnect the site with its surroundings, creating a new vibrant urban fabric of living, working, recreational and retail facilities.