The Nolet distillery has been brewing its world famous ‘jenever’ (Dutch gin), as well as one of the US current leading vodka brands, for over three centuries at the ’Buitenhavenweg’ road in Schiedam. On this historic location, architecten van Mourik have renovated and extended the original factory site consisting of buildings dating back from the 17th century up until the 1990s. The extension has been carefully fitted within the small-scale historic environment. A collage of small elements has been created. These include an oblong building part with a slightly undulating roof along the water (bottling and dispatch hall) as well as a trendy cocktail bar on the roof, constructed out of steel and glass. Next to this building part, an iconic mill with visitor facilities is situated. A museum-like trail takes visitors across footbridges and various production areas. Starting at the reception area in the middle of the dispatch hall, the trail leads through existing and new bottling facilities, along the penthouse with the cocktail bar, the cooperage and herb attic, to the visitors centre in the mill. This renovation and extension were followed by another extension, this time a logistics centre, at the other side of the harbour. Both locations are connected through a tunnel underneath the water.
Nolet: Tunnel en Logistiek Centrum de Architect