An archive in situ, photographed for an article about the acquisition process. Het Nieuwe Instituut collects archives related to Dutch architecture and urban planning from 1850 to the present day. The general focus for acquisitions is on the cultural and creative dimensions of architecture and urban planning. The collection includes not only drawings and models for completed designs but also other materials, such as study materials, sketch designs, correspondence and office administration, that contain information about the design process and the context within which the design was created.


In between exhibitions. From a series of pictures that should provide some visual information on the unoccupied space of Gallery 1, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s main exhibition hall. Intended for exhibition designers and artists. 



Essenburg Park (DaF-architecten) and Voedseltuin Keilehaven (De Urbanisten), Rotterdam. This special iteration of Studio Visits initiates a cross-pollination of multiple Rotterdam-based studios involved with multispecies approaches to the design practice in the city. So far, cities have been developed almost exclusively as human habitats. Instead, these studios engage with the needs of microbiological, plant, and animal life, next to those of humans.

Neuhaus campaign

Outdoor poster campaign designed by Studio Moniker for Neuhaus, a temporary transdisciplinary academy for more-than-human knowledge. Part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s remit and a focus point of the government’s cultural policy is talent development. Various designers are given an opportunity to show their work to a broad audience, while the institute has been able to develop a unique form of communications.

Pictures taken for a webmagazine presenting an overview of graphic designers who have designed communications tools and/or exhibition graphics for Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Biennale Architettura

Het Nieuwe Instituut is the commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018, entitled WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the title of the official Dutch contribution to the event. The domestic space is not exempt from labor’s sprawl. The bed, in the research of architecture historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina, is rendered as a unique horizontal architecture in the age of social media, a contemporary workspace transforming labor.

This picture of the master bedroom in Sonneveld House (1933) is on display in the Dutch Pavilion, together with a variety of other notable Dutch beds. 

Finders Keepers

We are surrounded by objects. We design them, make them, buy them, use them and then forget about them or resell them. And a remarkable number of people also seem to collect them: knives, carpet beaters, roofing tiles, pencils, even staircases. As the curators of the exhibition Finders Keepers, the editors of the design and crafts magazine MacGuffin reveal the universe of the collector, bringing together objects from dozens of collections and exploring the collectors’ strategies, the aesthetic pleasure of collecting and the hidden life of things.

Pictures taken during the building of the exhibition.

Cannes Pavilion

Het Nieuwe Instituut, EYE Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Film Fund have joined forces to curate the Dutch pavilion and offer Dutch design talent a podium during the Cannes Film Festival. Studio Sabine Marcelis responds to the centenary of De Stijl in the form of a spatial design that serves as a meeting place for the international film industry.

Pictures of Studio Sabine Marcelis, shot for EYE magazine.

Design Diorama

The installation Design Diorama: the Archive as a Utopic Environment translates Studio Makkink & Bey’s international network into a diorama that is an idealised version of the personal salon of the studio’s founders, Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey. The installation also functions as a personal archive of the practice’s own work, objects by former studio assistants and interns and designers, artists and architects. Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited Studio Makkink & Bey to curate and design the contribution to the first edition of the London Design Biennale 2016.

Pictures of Studio Makkink & Bey in Rotterdam.

Fashion Data

Fashion is always about the new. Each season brings new trends, and the fashion industry preaches that the new is more valuable, because it keeps us ‘in line with the times’. Old clothes are deemed ‘passé’ and get discarded. This way, fashion, more than other disciplines, is able to continuously entice our need for consumption. The Temporary Fashion Museum examines some of the terrifying realities of the fashion system, the social and ecological consequences of the clothing industry’s global production process.

Pictures taken at a clothing recycling company.

1:1 Period Rooms

In the middle of the last century the period room in museums made way for the ‘white cube’. Modern art demanded neutral, white walls, not historically decorated rooms, and the period rooms were relegated to storage. Het Nieuwe Instituut chose to focus on the period room as a point of departure for a programme about exhibition models. For 1:1 Period Rooms Greek architect and artist Andreas Angelidakis created an installation featuring period rooms from the Amsterdam Museum collection that had not been on public display since the 1970s.

Pictures taken during the construction of the exhibition.

The New Garden

Artist and designer Frank Bruggeman and ecological landscaper Hans Engelbrecht laid out the garden in the spring of 2015 in the grounds of Het Nieuwe Instituut. The wasteland and verges are deliberately not regularly maintained, in the hope that more wild and varied growth will be achieved within the space of a few years. With the New Garden, Bruggeman and Engelbrecht have shown that greater biodiversity develops by itself when nature is allowed free rein. However, the temporary nature of the garden calls for a certain level of direction. With the help of urban debris and sewage pipes, Bruggeman and Engelbrecht have created not only the image of an urbanised landscape but also the conditions for a dynamic natural development, resulting in an ecologically valuable, partially wild assortment of plants, many of which are not normally found in the city.

Pictures taken during the construction of the garden.