Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invests 11 million euros in architectural collection at Het Nieuwe Instituut
This one-off injection affords a potentially decisive impulse for the preservation and restoration of the national collection and the acceleration of the current digitalisation and accessibilisation of the archive.
Longing for the Countryside
The exhibition Dissident Gardens contains a pavilion that houses materials from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut. They include designs for country houses and holiday parks by Van den Broek & Bakema, Hendrik Wijdeveld, Piet Blom, Gerrit Rietveld and Auke Komter, among others. They show our ambivalent relationship to nature: from immersion in and the subjugation of the landscape to the pursuit of sustainability and optimisation.
Recently acquired: WiMBY! Archive
Het Nieuwe Instituut has recently acquired the archive of WiMBY!, a project initiated by Crimson Architectural Historians and Felix Rottenberg to raise the standard of the large-scale restructuring of the post-war neighbourhood Hoogvliet in Rotterdam. This project differed from other urban renewal projects in the Netherlands in its unconventional approach: socially inspired, bottom-up and with a focus on social and spatial infrastructure.
In the exhibition The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017 curator and architecture theorist Mark Wigley explores 130 years of antenna architecture, in which architects engaged with this thinnest, least visible part of a building that actually has the greatest effect on architecture. The exhibition contains many original drawings and photographs from the 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 the activities of 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.
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.
Archive selection by Johannes Schwartz
Photographer Johannes Schwartz was asked to select a series of images from the State Archive’s photography collections that relate to the sort of cultural organisation that Het Nieuwe Instituut wants to be: interdisciplinary, rooted in research, and with a strong focus on innovation and representation.
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.