When I started studying architecture this building, which now is the home for the New Institute, was brand new and it represented a new wave, a new spirit in architecture after the dark years of the 1980s. For the first time a new museum was totally dedicated to architecture and the building itself was part of what Dutch architecture had to offer. After some reorganization the building now hosts more functions like design, fashion and culture, but to me it still is the one and only real architecture institute in the Netherlands.
The permanent collection of the New Institute includes models and drawings of some of the highlights of Dutch architecture along with other design objects. Among the current temporary exhibitions is one about Munich 1972 and the installation Space Embodied about the Russian Art of Movement 1920 – 1930.
The museum bar has a nice terrace, directly situated at the pool. The New Institute is not only worth visiting during opening hours. When it gets dark the concrete slabs along the Rochussenstraat are illuminated in different colours (a spectacular artwork by Peter Struycken). So if you’re around at night don’t miss the chance to witness this light show.