Gerrit Beltman Azn.
Arend Gerrit Beltman
Industrial and public-utility buildings
The Twente steam-powered spinning mill in the centre of Almelo is a palpable, pregnant reminder of the textile industry. Many such factories has since disappeared, but this one survives as a mixed-use building for small enterprises. Its architect, Arend Beltman, had been pioneering reinforced concrete structures since 1907. These were eminently suitable for the highly inflammable spinning mills; in fact a cotton mill had previously burnt down on this very spot. The concrete columns and beams in the facade form a framework for the cladding of brick or steel-framed windows typical of utilitarian buildings. A pair of water towers rise like castle turrets from the rectangular building, the toothed eaves and battlements adding to this effect.