The building was scheduled for demolition, but now the charm of the Poortgebouw is of great value to De Meelfabriek and it is even listed as a historic monument. The old Poortgebouw has been refurbished and converted for business use.
The building dates from 1940 and like the adjacent Directiekantoor was designed by the architect Bernard Buurman in a style influenced by the sober expressionist style known as Zakelijk-Expressionisme. Originally a bicycle lock-up and a garage for executive cars, the building is now home to enthusiastic young entrepreneurs. This makes the Poortgebouw a small-scale version of De Meelfabriek: a variety of businesses that offer their services not only independently but also in collaboration within an open workplace, so as to provide even better customer service and improve their own chances of success. They also share various costs, e.g. heating and lighting, making this a sustainable initiative in more ways than one.
WHO’S WHO IN THE POORTGEBOUW
Six enthusiastic and very different businesses have set up shop here.
Atelier Kleurstof organises various workshops and classes in sewing and crochet.
Bizon Events and the Bizon Bike Company for events and rentals offering sustainable mobility, ranging from city-bike trips to boat excursions on an electric sloop.
Het Slachthuis, a vegan café serving up food that will also tickle the taste buds of non-vegans.
Les Soeurs, the hairdresser of De Meelfabriek!