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.
Collection Book for Children: Hi, I'm a Line
On 20 October, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents two children’s books: one is a reader - Hoi, ik ben een lijn (Hi, I’m a Line); the other is an activity book - Hoi, jij bent een ontwerper (Hi, You’re a Designer). Both books introduce children to highlights of the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and to architecture as a profession. Initiator and author Behrang Mousavi and project leader Clara Stille-Haardt reveal how the books were devised.
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.
Jelles archive catalogued
The archive of architect Evert Jelles has recently been catalogued and digitised. Jelles was a leading representative of the Dutch late Functionalist tradition in the period 1965-85 and is credited with rediscovering the work of Jan Duiker.
‘Architecture Closer’. Masterplan for the disbursement of 11 million euros
On 17 July, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of the Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) issued a disbursement letter based on the 'Architecture Closer’ masterplan officially allocating the first half of the 11 million euros awarded in March for the restoration, conservation and digitisation of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection.
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.