DRU Cultural factory - Ulft the Netherlands
Interior design of the culture cluster in redeveloped listed industrial building
The DRU complex in Ulft, the former iron foundry and metalworks, has been
given the status of industrial heritage site. The seven monumental factory
premises are being restored and prepared for new inhabitants. Since 2009 the
so-called ‘Portiersgebouw’ (lodge) has housed a great many cultural organisations.
M+R redesigned the entire interior of this enormous building. The concept
for the changes was based on a modern, clean and bright interior to contrast
with the rough, industrial surroundings. The colours of the separate pieces of
furniture were inspired by the colours of the enamel pots and pans that DRU was
so famous for. The fixed interior elements are all in black and white. The consignment included a theatre, popular music area, library, music school, council chambers/conference rooms, gallery, Grand Cafe with kitchen and the reception hall
with desk and reading room. Additional meeting rooms, office gardens, a lounge
area and general facility areas were included.
DRU FACTORY WON the AZ AWARD 2011 - People's choice