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, art, digital culture and design. The collection is available for research in the Study Centre.
100 years of De Stijl
To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of De Stijl, Het Nieuwe Instituut has formed partnerships with several other cultural institutions, including a co-production with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. The State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning is lending hundreds of works to various exhibitions being staged to mark the centenary of De Stijl.
The Desire for Style. Interview with Hetty Berens
It is 100 years since the founding of De Stijl, a movement of artists, designers and architects who came together to develop a new visual language. From 10 June, Gemeentemuseum The Hague is presenting the exhibition Architecture and interiors. The Desire for Style to mark this centenary. The exhibition has been compiled in close cooperation with Het Nieuwe Instituut. ‘For the first time in an exhibition about De Stijl, we will be looking back beyond the First World War,’ explains Hetty Berens, curator at Het Nieuwe Institituut.
The MVRDV collection of scale models: a selection and description
The State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning has acquired a collection of scale models made by the office of architecture MVRDV. 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.
Each item in the collection of the four million drawings, sketches, models, professional and personal correspondence, photos, posters and news clippings has a story to tell. But many of these stories have remained untold because nobody has yet uncovered them. For this series of evenings we invite a range of people to undertake a journey of discovery in the archive in order to introduce new perspectives.
The Structuralist Architectural Drawing 1955-1980
During archival research into the work of architects such as Piet Blom, Jan Verhoeven and Herman Hertzberger for the exhibition Structuralism, drawings were encountered that deviated from the conventional plans, sections and elevations. Instead they comprised abstract structures, geometric patterns with bright colours, network-like cities, grids, collages and booklets. Intrigued about the origins and significance of these drawings, curator Ellen Smit initiated a research project. What were these architects actually drawing and why in this manner?
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 later that these collections were housed in an architecture museum.
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.