Cracks, creases and moulds threaten the legacies of leading Dutch architects. Het Nieuwe Instituut's archive comprises a hybrid of approximately 1.4 million design drawings, consisting of a variety of materials and techniques such as tracing paper, plastic films, and photographic reproduction techniques. The majority are drawings on tracing paper, a material that tears easily and is extremely sensitive to moisture, so in the coming years a large part of this collection will be restored and preserved.
Choose and Use
With Choose and Use, Het Nieuwe Instituut has developed a new format that makes archives from the National Collection available to the cultural field. Together with participating partners, we are making a selection of archival documents that corresponds to specific themes and current concerns. In this way, the National Collection will become increasingly interwoven with local and regional issues.
Het Nieuwe Instituut’s collection consists largely of design drawings, around 1.5 million of them. In the coming years, as part of the Disclosing Architecture programme, a significant number will be restored, preserved or both. Every two weeks, we showcase a small selection of the design drawings returning to the depot from the conservation studios.
The Rolled-up Model And Other Stories From The Archives
Disclosing Architecture focuses primarily on the conservation, restoration and digitising of design drawings. Preparations are well under way for the archival items that are due for conservation and restoration before the beginning of 2020. During investigations into the physical condition of the archival documents, we often discover remarkable items. Read more about our archivists’ and curators’ favourite discoveries.
25,000 Archive Documents in Transit
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.