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.
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.
Loans to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: designs for Nagele
From 5 April the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is exhibiting various designs for the village of Nagele (1946-64) from the collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Although designed to house only a few thousand agricultural workers, Nagele is a classic example of post-war modernist architecture and town planning: with extensive green areas; row housing; separation of living, working, leisure and traffic; and a contemporary shopping centre.
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.
Containing the collections of some of the most important architects and urban planners in the Netherlands, the State Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning provides an insight into the development of Dutch architecture and society over the past 130 years. 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 the series of evenings entitled Archive Explorations we invite a range of people to undertake a journey of discovery in the archive in order to introduce new perspectives.
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.