The Study Centre has been transformed into the Research Centre, a space where research, encounters, inspiration, collaboration and the exchange of knowledge are central. Hosting around 3000 (inter)national researchers per year, above all it’s a place where new knowledge is created. The Research Centre connects researchers with Het Nieuwe Instituut and research results with the National Collection.
While the original design was primarily aimed at facilitating academic research on the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, the new interior enables different types of use. Visitors are welcome to meet, work and learn more about the library, the collection, and the research of others. With the transformation, the former Study Centre, which was primarily meant for concentrated study, gains a new atmosphere. The new Research Centre has several zones, including spaces for non-academic forms of research and knowledge sharing.
Search the collection
The search portal gives direct access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. The National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning contains 1.4 million drawings, 300,000 photographs, 2,500 models, and 70,000 books and magazines. Together, they document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism.
Collection web magazine
The Collection web magazine contains image galleries and stories about the collection, based on its new acquisitions, inventories, loans, exhibitions and research.
(Re)view: Spaces for Learning
(Re)view Spaces for Learning on the occasion of the launch of the new Research Centre. This image gallery was originally part of the exhibition Spaces for Learning, created for Neuhaus. It explores 150 years of experimentation and innovation in the design of educational environments through a broad selection of drawings and models from the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning.
Redesign by Sabine Marcelis
The transformation into the Research Centre has taken physical shape with a redesign by Sabine Marcelis, who is known for creating impressive spaces using glass, light and resin. Here the design is based on the reuse of the existing furniture. Resin elements, red glass, and a colour gradient pattern for the modular cabinet systems by USM create a striking design. Sabine Marcelis has also opted to open walls that were formerly closed, allowing much more daylight to enter. The resulting space is more inviting and accessible.
Read the interview with Sabine Marcelis on the Design Platform.
The redesign of the Research Centre was made possible thanks to the generous support of Van Waay en Soetekouw.