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25,000 design drawings from 40 different dossiers of four archives are ready to be transported to various restoration studios in the Netherlands. This second batch includes designs by J.P. Kloos, Hartsuyker–Curjel, J.J.P Oud, and more pieces from the extensive archive of Bureau Van den Broek en Bakema.

This means the restoration and conservation of the State Archive, as part of Disclosing Architecture, is in full swing. Over the past year, the first archives have been selected for treatment – among others, drawings by Theo Bosch, Bureau Van den Broek en Bakema, and Jan Verhoeven have been preserved and repackaged. The archives from the first batch are now back at Het Nieuwe Instituut and can be accessed by the public. 

J.J.P. Oud

Het Nieuwe Instituut manages a large part of the archive of architect JJP Oud, one of the pioneers of Nieuwe Bouwen (new building) in the Netherlands. The conservation of selected archival pieces focuses on the restoration of cracks and removal of dirt. Last year, more than 15,000 of J.J.P. Oud's letters, postcards, and telegrams were digitised.

Van den Broek en Bakema

In conservation terms, this batch of Bureau Van den Broek en Bakema work differs little from the first selection treated by Art Salvage. It mainly concerns the removal of surface dirt, repairing edges and large cracks, and flattening the drawings. Special attention is paid to the removal of old adhesive tape which causes a lot of damage, especially by adhesion between sheets. Afterwards, the archive will be repackaged.

J.P. Kloos and architect duo Hartsuyker–Curjel

Around 10,000 sheets by architect J.P. Kloos will go to Art Salvage. As well as edge damage, rolled-up drawings are especially a problem here. Rolling up carries a risk of damage, and often too many drawings are on one roll, so an important task is therefore to thin them out. This batch also consists of the archive of architect duo Hartsuyker–Curjel; some 3,000 drawings are going out to be flattened as much as possible.

Current themes

In preparation for the conservation, restoration, and digitisation of the design drawings, physical as well as content-related selection criteria are established to determine which archives are eligible for treatment and to what extent. As a starting point, archives have been selected from the 1960s to 1980s, focussing on a number of themes that are still topical today and play an important role in Het Nieuwe Instituut's programme and research. These include themes such as diversity, inclusiveness, emancipation, activism, participation, the environment and ecology, the introduction of the computer, typological innovations, post-modernism, and new visions of the city and country.

The archives can be accessed again after restoration and conservation; documents can be requested through the Search Portal on Het Nieuwe Instituut's website.