The exhibition Living in the Lowlands in Gallery 2. Photo: Ralph Kämena.
Exhibition | NAI Rotterdam - Gallery 2 | 17/11/04-26/04/09
The NAI has one of the world's most important collections of archives of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture and urban planning. The permanent exhibition Living in the Lowlands (2004-2009) revealed the collection's wealth of drawings, models and photographs. The highlights of this national treasure painted a picture of domestic life in the Netherlands over the last 150 years. Ordinary Dutch architecture whose quality is unmatched anywhere in the world.
Famous housing projects
The first four sections of the display were devoted to famous realized housing projects such as P.J.H. Cuypers' designs in the Vondelstraat in Amsterdam, H.P. Berlage's designs for Amsterdam-Zuid, the neighborhoods of Pendrecht and the Alexanderpolder in Rotterdam, and Almere, the country's laboratory for domestic architecture.
The final theme brought together unrealized plans and images of future architectural visions. An example was H.Th. Wijdeveld's plan to extend the Vondelpark in Amsterdam all the way to the coast.
To link the past with the present, contemporary documentary photography supplemented the historical material drawn from the collection.
New dimension to the NAI building
The Belgian office 51N4E Space Producers, winners of the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize 2004 for Young Architects, designed the exhibition. Their solution added a new dimension to Jo Coenen's building. They transformed four of the NAI's exhibition galleries into a single new space.The void between the first and second floors was closed off to create a continuous display wall. 51N4E's design created a new visual entity for the display of material from the collection, often without mats or frames.
At the end of March, the new permanent display was given a new structure. The permanent display and various "intervention exhibitions" created a dialogue with the temporary exhibition program in the NAI's other galleries. NAi Publishers produced a catalog in association with the NAI accompanies the display.
Living in the Lowlands, The Dutch Domestic Scene 1850-2004
ISBN 90-5662-386-9, euro 37.50
The exhibition 'Living in the Lowlands'in Gallery 2. Photo: NAI, Alifil
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