Het Nieuwe Instituut’s public programme will be manifest in the Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture. Exhibitions and education programmes have been among Het Nieuwe Instituut’s regular activities since its inception, but bringing them together within a single, unified museum programme will increase the institute’s recognition. The Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture examines the designed world and how it is constantly being changed by new technologies, new ideas and shifting social priorities. Innovation – the fulcrum of all Het Nieuwe Instituut’s activities – will be expressed in both speculative explorations of the future and critical reflections on innovative movements past and present.
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Practical information on Het Nieuwe Instituut, Sonneveld House, the study centre, the bookshop and cafe.
Overview of all exhibitions, events, lectures, talkshows, workshops and films.
In and around the museum
Sonneveld House is one of the best-preserved houses in the Dutch Functionalist style. The architects designed a total concept in which architecture, interior and furnishings are perfectly coordinated and reinforce one another.
The New Garden
The New Garden has gradually developed into a public space with an ecological system of herbs, shrubs, birds and animals. 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. Their design is a plea for an urban green space managed on an ecological basis with space for nature to take over.
Habitat: Expanding Architecture
Habitat: Expanding Architecture is a research installation which captures a key moment in the history of architecture and urban planning: the tenth CIAM conference at Dubrovnik in 1956. Here the concept 'habitat' was a central theme: a broader understanding of architecture through a new ecological approach viewing architecture less as an autonomous discipline than as part of larger, dynamic whole.
Speculative Design Archive
From October 2018, Het Nieuwe Instituut will be temporarily transformed into a design archive. On display will be prototypes, sketches, samples of materials, colour schemes and other significant work in the development of the oeuvres of a range of Dutch designers; work that deserves to be preserved and shared.
Bookshop and Café
Het Nieuwe Café
Het Nieuwe Café in Het Nieuwe Instituut is an inspiring location to meet. It is a place where visitors can start or end their visit to the museum, where professionals can discuss ideas at their regular table, and a place that doubles as an ‘office’ for freelancers and flex workers.