Het Nieuwe Instituut
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Het Nieuwe Instituut brings architecture, design and e-culture together. Het Nieuwe Instituut (former Netherlands Architecture institute NAi, Premsela and Virtueel Platform) is housed in an impressive building designed by Jo Coenen and located on the edge of the Museum Park in the centre of Rotterdam.
Het Nieuwe Instituut has one of the largest architecture collection in the world with drawings, sketches, models, photographs, books, magazines and more. Het Nieuwe Instituut offers educational programmes and has a library, study room, specialised bookshop and lovely museum café.
The institute’s most prominent piece, Huis Zonneveld, is a museum house that was designed as an ultra-modern home in 1933, full of light, space and a surprising amount of colour. Created by architectural firm Brinkman & Van der Vlucht, the house is one of the best-preserved examples of the New Movement. With modern tube-framed furniture and many high-tech devices, the interior shows visitors what it was like to live in an ultra-modern home in 1933.
* 35% discount on admission fee with the Rotterdam Welcome Card *
Things to do
Hands-on Deck / NAI, part of The New Institute
A unique spot in the museum, specially designed for anyone who wants to try their hand at architecture. Short films, games and building blocks challenge visitors to solve architectural and design problems.
Treasury / NAI, part of The New Institute
In this permanent exhibition, you can admire 100 highlights from the vast NAI collection. Works on display include famous designs by the icons of Dutch architectural history.
Biodesign - On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity / NAI, part of The New Institute
For this exhibition at The New Institute, curator William Myers has selected dozens of projects that illustrate new ways to harness living systems for art, design and production.