Changes in society call for new understandings of architecture and its practice. Het Nieuwe Instituut explores and showcases emerging forms of practice for architects, and by doing so aims to open up the discipline to new challenges and intervention strategies. Its national archive for architecture and urban planning provides an insight into 150 years of Dutch architecture and urbanism, serving as a speculative source of progressive thinking and offering examples of how architecture has broadened its remit in response to societal questions and technological change.

A selection of projects and activities

Search portal
Searching the archives

The search portal gives the public direct online access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. The State Archive of Dutch Architecture contains 1.4 million drawings; 300,000 photographs; 2,500 models and 70,000 books and magazines, which together document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism.

Total Space

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre published the insert Total Space in the 50th edition of Volume, which is based on two research workshops organized in 2015. Total Space investigates the international dimensions of Structuralism, cross-disciplinary exchange, and aims to connect recent history with speculations on the future of our lifestyles.