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Neufert’s 1.5 Metres

19 JUNE 2020

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

25 MARCH 2020

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

17 FEBRUARY 2020

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.

Waiting for Miró. The creation of a ceramic mural for J.J.P. Oud’s Bio Herstellingsoord

10 FEBRUARY 2020

The joint archive of J.J.P. Oud (1890-1963) and his son Hendrik Emil (Hans) Oud (1919-1996) contains sketches for a ceramic mural on the façade of the Bio Herstellingsoord in Arnhem. Oud’s correspondence shows that he enlisted the Spanish Surrealist painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) to design the mural. But are the colourful sketches in the archive by Miró or by Oud? Or are they by the Dutch painter Karel Appel (1921-2006), who took over the assignment from Miró around 1960? 

Hans Tupker: An Attic Full of Archival Files

28 JANUARY 2020

At the end of 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut acquired the estate of the architect Hans Tupker (1935-2015). The acquisition of this archive stems from the exhibition Structuralism (2014), which drew upon the archives of, among others, Piet Blom, Joop van Stigt and Herman Hertzberger. The archive of Hans Tupker forms a complement to these archives. Which choices are made when selecting and evaluating individual projects and documents?

The Critical Visitor - Important Subsidy Allocation by NWO Smart Culture


Het Nieuwe Instituut is a partner within The Critical Visitor, a research project that investigates how heritage institutions can bring about new forms of inclusiveness and accessibility through their organisation, collections and exhibition policy. The project has received a €500,000 NWO Smart Culture grant. The five-year research project is being conducted by a consortium of fifteen cultural and scientific institutions.

Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection available via Collectie Nederland


Over the next six years, Het Nieuwe Instituut is busy making the architecture collection visible through restoration, conservation and digitisation. One of the elements of the Closer to Architecture programme is the Linked Open Data (LOD) project. LOD has reached its first milestone by making collections materials available online via Collectie Nederland (the Dutch National Collection).

Theo van Doesburg in Barbican Art Gallery

25 AUGUST 2019

From 4 October, two design drawings for Café Aubette from the archive of Theo van Doesburg will be shown in the exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. In February, the exhibition travels to Vienna, where two other designs for Aubette will be on display. The loan of these drawings has been made possible only after research and conservation as part of the Closer to Architecture programme.