Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection available via Collectie Nederland
Over the next six years, Het Nieuwe Instituut is busy making the architecture collection visible through restoration, conservation and digitisation. One of the elements of the Closer to Architecture programme is the Linked Open Data (LOD) project. LOD has reached its first milestone by making collections materials available online via Collectie Nederland (the Dutch National Collection).
Acquisition of the archive of landscape architect Michael van Gessel
Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of garden and landscape architect Michael van Gessel, a designer the general public has encountered, often unknowingly, through visits to public parks, redesigned estates, public spaces in new neighbourhoods and larger landscaping projects. Who is Michael van Gessel? And what does the acquisition of his archive mean for research into Dutch garden and landscape architecture?
Theo van Doesburg in Barbican Art Gallery
From 4 October, two design drawings for Café Aubette from the archive of Theo van Doesburg will be shown in the exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. In February, the exhibition travels to Vienna, where two other designs for Aubette will be on display. The loan of these drawings has been made possible only after research and conservation as part of the Closer to Architecture programme.
Closer to Architecture
Het Nieuwe Instituut manages an extensive and valuable collection of architecture and design archives. To enhance the consultability of the archive, the collection of architectural drawings, the photo collection and the Theo van Doesburg collection in particular, extensive restoration and conservation is required. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) invests 11 million euros over the coming six years in the visibility – i.e. the restoration and digitisation – of the architectural collection.
The Study Centre is open to anyone wishing to consult the archives and library collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. The diversity of the archives and their combination with the library makes the study centre a good place to carry out research into the life and work of architects, their mutual contacts, and their contributions to all kinds of organizations.
There are various ways of reproducing materials from the collection: copying, scanning and taking (digital) photographs. Via the Search Portal, do it yourself in the Study Centre, or make use of Het Nieuwe Instituut Reproduction service.
Search the collection
The search portal gives the public direct online access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning contains 1.4 million drawings; 300,000 photographs; 2,500 models and 70,000 books and magazines, which together document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism.
Spaces for Learning Image Gallery
Spaces for Learning, the Neuhaus history lab, explores 150 years of experimentation and innovation in the design of educational environments using a broad selection of drawings and models from the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning. See the image gallery for some of the designs on show in the exhibition, plus others that just missed being selected.
The Sonneveld House Museum in Rotterdam is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed in the early 1930s by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt. They were also responsible for the extraordinary interior, in close collaboration with W.H. Gispen.