Atelier Nelly and Theo van Doesburg
A new look at the work of Nelly and Theo van Doesburg is possible thanks to the restoration of their architecture archive. The exhibition recognises Nelly as a key figure in the consolidation of the reputation of Van Doesburg and De Stijl. The magnificent focus of the exhibition will be on the couple’s most striking joint project: their studio-house in the Parisian suburb of Meudon. Sketches, drawings and scale models rarely (if ever) exhibited before reveal the house’s rich history.
Neufert’s 1.5 Metres
The Covid-19 pandemic has directly contributed to an increased awareness of the different movements of various bodies in public space. Social distancing has led, in the Netherlands and abroad, to the introduction of a single standard which is imposed on all of society: the 1.5 metre rule. This recalls a rational control of society based on uniform solutions. A direct connection can be made between the 1.5 metre society and the experimental 1930s rationalisation of the Bau-entwurfslehre, by German architect Ernst Neufert.
Working from home in Sonneveld House: leisure and office in one
Architect Leen van der Vlugt designed the studio as a combined study and leisure space for the Sonnevelds’ teenage daughters that was ahead of its time.
Setting up Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Digital Archive
Het Nieuwe Instituut is acquiring increasing numbers of digital archives of architects, urban planners and organisations working within these domains. This calls for a new approach to the sustainable management of digital materials. After a test project, the Digital Archive will be set up in 2020. This will facilitate the effective, correct and controllable management and preservation of the digital collection.
The Study Centre is open to all those who want to consult Het Nieuwe Instituut’s archives and library collection. The archives’ diversity, in combination with the library, makes the Study Centre a great place to research architects’ lives and work, their mutual contacts, and their contributions to various organisations.
You can reproduce materials from the collection by copying, scanning or taking (digital) photographs of them. Do this yourself in the Study Centre, or make use of the Search Portal or Het Nieuwe Instituut's 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.
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