> Scale Model of Jussieu Library, after a design of Rem Koolhaas, 1992. NAI Collection, MAQV 0497
The majority of the collection consists of paper: books, magazines, drawings, photographs, letters, posters and notes. However, there are also a large number of three-dimensional objects: a collection of approximately 1,300 scale models, furniture and crockery from the Sonneveld House, as well as archival objects such as stamps, medallions, colour swatches and construction elements.
The collection of scale models comprises various types of models, such as design models, presentation models, competition models, documentation models and experimental-technical models. They are made of materials varying from wood, clay, glass, paper, concrete, cork and iron to plaster, plastics and recycled objects, have scales ranging from 1:10 to 1:50.000, and relate to architecture, interior design, urban development and landscape.
Sonneveld House, the museum house, is one of the best preserved residential houses built in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed in the early 1930s by architects Brinkman and Van der Vlugt. In 2001, the house and interior were returned to as near their original state as possible. Colours and materials were accurately copied and many authentic pieces of furniture and lamps were used. Every object in Huis Sonneveld, from the paintings, carpets and crockery to the telephones and lamps, is part of the Objects Collection.
The archives gathered by the NAI sometimes contain small objects. The Objects Collection includes architecture medallions from Berlage and Wils, woodcuts by De Bazel, Jan Duiker’s drawing implements, a gavel after a design by De Bazel, portrait busts of Leliman, Van Gendt, Kromhout and Cuypers, nameplates from Wils, Warners, Klaarhamer and Rietveld, Kromhout’s painting palette, colour swatches from Oud and Bakema, the so-called ANWB-mushroom (these are mushroom-shaped signposts erected by the Dutch Automobile Association) by Leliman and various construction fragments, including John Habraken’s glass building blocks in the shape of beer bottles.
Vedute was set up with the aim of building ‘a library of spatial manuscripts’: a collection of three dimensional objects that make the term space visible and accessible as visualised thoughts. The Vedute collection is at the NAI on long-term loan. Every so often, a number of manuscripts are displayed in the reading room of the library of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
The scale models are accessed at individual level in the Collection Information System (CIS). While they cannot be taken out, pictures are available in the CIS. The objects from Sonneveld House can be seen in the house itself, which is accessible to visitors to the NAI. The other objects are described in the Objects Collection catalogue available in the CIS. Like other archival material, they can be requested in the reading room.
> W.H. Gispen. Giso 403 lamp. NAI Collection, SONN 234
November 2009 | From a national and international perspective, the NAI’s
collection of models is unique. A model profile has been developed to
gain a better insight into the composition, significance and position
of this collection. This profile forms a basis for policy for the
2009-2012 period with regard to collecting, managing, describing and
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The imposing Winter Palace, built in 1762 for Empress Elisabeth, has around 65,000 works of art on show in 350 rooms, taken from a collection of more than 3 million objects. Read more about The Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg and its magnificent art collection.
The social networking site Pinterest enables users to share interesting objects by pinning them on a virtual pinboard. The NAI has set up a special pinbord to accompany the exhibition Louis Kahn - The Power of Architecture. You can view the most recently added items below.
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On Sunday 19 August, following the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the NAI is organising a ‘people’s biennale’ for just one day. With Bring Your Own Building, the NAI is inviting you to present your building of the future in the foyer. Models, sculptures, drawings, installations and small buildings will together form a future vision of the city, made by lots of different people. All the proposals will fill the entrance hall, creating an exhibition for one day.
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‘Treasures of the NAI’, a website featuring
highlights from the NAI collection, is now available in English. Browse through
numerous beautiful designs by Rem Koolhaas, H.P. Berlage, J.J.P. Oud and
other architecture giants from the Netherlands.
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