The Silo Building is composed of three parts, with the oldest part dating from 1907 and the other two from 1937 and 1938. It is considered the first concrete silo building in our country. The building is situated on the Meelfabriek Square and the Singel. From the waterfront, the sloping white plastered facade stands out because of its remarkable detailing. In form and use of materials, the building is a now rare building from the pioneering phase of reinforced concrete construction.
The Silogebouw will house ‘the place to sleep’ in Leiden: Hotel De Meelfabriek. ‘Meelfabriek’ means ‘flour mill’, so anyone booking a room there will be sleeping in a place where many tons of flour used to be stored. The concrete silos will be opened up and transformed into special rooms and short-stay apartments, offering robust accommodation with a charming interior. Guests will still experience the authenticity of the former mill while enjoying the luxury of a contemporary 4-star hotel.
The upper floors will house a Skybar, a restaurant and a unique venue for events, creating a new landmark on the top of the Silogebouw. The familiar S-shaped block building will be retained and will soon accommodate a suite with fabulous views of Leiden.