The collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut contains drawings, photographs and models from the archives of Dutch architects and urban planners. The library collects and manages information about Dutch and international architecture, urban design, and related fields such as spatial planning, landscape architecture, interior architecture and design. The collection is available for research in the Study Centre.
Squatting: Archive acquisition Hein de Haan
In relation to its research into the Architecture of Appropriation, the institute has acquired the archive of Hein de Haan, an architect who worked closely with squatters and devoted his life to the preservation of the existing city, small-scale construction and mixed developments incorporating housing, workplaces and other amenities.
Cataloguing of the Pi de Bruijn archive begun
Het Nieuwe Instituut began cataloguing the extensive archive of Pi de Bruijn (*1942). Among De Bruijn’s best-known projects are the expansion of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the rebuilding of the Roombeek neighbourhood (2002-08) following the Enschede Fireworks Disaster. His work as a supervisor is an example of the changing role of the architect and urban planner.
The MVRDV collection of scale models: a selection and description
Het Nieuwe Instituut has acquired a collection of scale models made by the office of architecture MVRDV. This collection will be included in the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. MVRDV's digital archive has already been transferred last year. At the beginning of next year the paper archive will follow. Het Nieuwe Instituut has begun research into the selection, description and retrieval of MVRDV's scale models. The collection starts from their founding year in 1993 and consists of more than 300 scale models made between 1993 up till 2003.
Long may we live!
New housing for the elderly in the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut
In the spring of 2015 architecture-history and art-history students from the VU University in Amsterdam conducted research in the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut into the development of housing for the elderly in the Netherlands. The archive contains a cross section of designs from the past hundred years. The variety of material shows that housing for the elderly is strongly linked to political and emancipatory processes.
The Structuralist Drawing: Pioneers of a New Visual Idiom
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Het Nieuwe Instituut a museum grant to conduct research into Structuralist drawings. Architects such as Piet Blom, Jan Verhoeven and Herman Hertzberger introduced a new way of drawing and presenting their designs: abstract structures, patterns, collages, and the use of felt-tip pen. What role did the Structuralist drawing play in the design and construction process? And how does visual representation relate to the design? The study is part of a long-term research project into Dutch Structuralism in partnership with the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University.
Searching the collection
The search portal provides access to the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. The collection consists of the national archive of Dutch architecture and urbanism, a library with an international scope. You will find books and magazines, drawings and sketches, photographs, models, letters, and collected clippings from and about Dutch architects
Portraits of architects
Het Nieuwe Instituut’s photo collection contains a large number of photographs of architects: at the drawing board, on a study trip, giving a lecture, in a meeting, teaching students, on holiday, at lunch. From snapshots to formal portraits.
The collection on Flickr Commons
On Flickr Commons Het Nieuwe Instituut presents photographs, drawings and models from the collection, often in response to current exhibitions, lectures or other activities. Flickr Commons offers a platform for heritage that can be freely used because no evidence of copyright protection has been found.
History of the collection
The collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut is much older than the institute itself. Drawings from important architects were collected since the end of the ninteenth century, but it was not until a hundred years later that these collections were housed in an architecturemuseum.