NAI building, South-East side. Photo: Carel van Hees
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is more than a museum. It is an archive, museum, library and cultural podium all in one. The NAI holds important archives and collections of Dutch architects from after 1800 and makes them accessible to the public. The NAI is part of The New Institute.
The New Institute
The New Institute combines architecture, design and e-culture. Since 1 January 2013 it combines all the activities of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Premsela, Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, and Virtual Platform, knowledge institute for e-culture. The institute manages and provides access to cultural heritage, including the State Archive for Architecture, encourages research, promotes national and international exhibitions and a programme of lectures and debates, develops educational packages, and has a transdisciplinary platform function.
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Since 1993 the NAI has been accommodated in a striking building designed by Jo Coenen and situated on the edge of the Museumpark in the centre of Rotterdam. From 2013 on the NAI is the home base of The New Institute, the organisation that is the result of the merger between the NAI, Premsela, Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, and Virtual Platform, knowledge institute for e-culture. The building houses important archives and collections of Dutch architects from after 1800 and makes them accessible to the public. It facilitates research and offers a platform for discussion. It caters for the general public with exhibitions and presentations in the building and its surroundings. The NAI Café offers visitors an inspiring meeting place.
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Collection: archives and library
The New Institute has one of the largest architecture collections in the world: eighteen kilometres of drawings, sketches, scale models, photographs, books, periodicals, etc. The institute is responsible for conserving, managing and providing access to these archives and collections, which contain work by almost every important Dutch architect from the period after 1800, such as the archives of Dudok, Cuypers, Berlage and De Klerk. The library of The New Institute, which is open to the public, contains more than 40,000 books on architecture, design and related disciplines as well as an extensive assortment of national and international periodicals. Researchers, students and other interested parties can consult publications and archives in the tranquillity of the reading room.
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The New Institute organises several exhibitions a year to present not only architecture and urban design but also developments in industrial design, graphic design, fashion, games and other aspects of the designed world. The exhibitions are programmed in one of the four exhibition galleries of the NAI building as well as travelling all over the world, from Nijmegen to Mumbai. The materials of the exhibitions are often drawn from the vast collection of the institute.
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Platform: debates and more
The New Institute has a lively and multi-faceted programme in which it not only reacts to contemporary developments and adopts a stance, but also raises larger issues for discussion. By means of lectures, symposia, study trips and other events and programmes, the institute stimulates the debate on design and provides the professional public with information, both in the Netherlands and abroad. These activities of the institute include publications such as Design Stories, the periodical Morf, and the international portal Design.nl. The New Institute collaborates with various partners and also accommodates projects initiated by third parties.
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The New Institute organises activities for children and young people the whole year round. There are various workshops, guided tours and specific exhibition-related assignments for children in primary and secondary education. There is a special area on the premises for carrying out the assignments and displaying the scale models and drawings that are made.
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Facilities: accommodation for any event
The New Institute has six different areas that you can use for a variety of events. Whether it is a symposium, a lecture or meeting, a works excursion or a product presentation, The New Institute has an area suitable for every event. The NAI Café adjacent to the foyer is open to the public and has a large terrace overlooking the characteristic NAI lake. The foyer, the auditorium (K.P.C. de Bazel room), the multifunctional presentation and workshop area (J.B. Bakema verandah), the DoeDek, Gallery 1 and Sonneveld House Museum can be hired by private individuals, companies and institutions.
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Friends of the NAI
The objective of the Friends of the NAI Association is to promote interest in and knowledge of architecture. It organises excursions, lectures and other activities for its members and recruits sponsors for particular projects.
The Supervisory Board of The New Institute comprises the following members: Koos van der Steenhoven (chair), Esther Agricola, José Teunissen, Irma Boom, Farid Tabarki, Henk Christophersen and Farid Azarkan.
The creative industry cannot survive without partners. A sector that is so diverse and is active in so many sectors of society stands to gain from good partnerships. The number and diversity of partners are large: stakeholders, clients and government bodies. The New Institute wants to reinforce the relations with partners, make them visible and extend them, as well as functioning as a party to be addressed during events and an intermediary where necessary. By linking up with The New Institute, partners and sponsors show their social commitment and gain access to the world of the national and international creative industry.
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The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is part of The New Institute. The New Institute has some 100 employees in its various departments. The following explains the organisational structure and lists the main contact persons. > Read more...
Watch the NAi in 25 seconds in this film created by Cityfilm.tv. > Read more...