The Research Centre is a space where research, meeting, inspiration, cooperation and exchanging knowledge are central. Drawing around 3000 (inter)national researchers per year, it is pre-eminently a place for the generation of new knowledge. You can consult archive documents and read books and magazines about art, architecture, urban planning and design. In addition, there are often small thematic exhibitions featuring items from the (library) collection. You are welcome to meet, catch up and work together.
The Research Centre is open to the public during museum opening hours. You can visit the Research Centre to work, read the books and journals on open display or view the small exhibitions.
Would you like to consult archive material, order books from the depot or speak to a member of staff? Then come and see us Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. For consulting archives we ask you to reserve a place in advance.
For current information, please visit the page Opening hours
Read more about the Research Centre's facilities and services, making an appointment and requesting archive material.
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.
Regularly, the Reseach Centre hosts small presentations, such as a thematic selection of publications in the showcases, a pop-up exhibition or a presentation on one of the digital tables.
The Copy Corner
What does it mean for an analogue architectural practice to produce so many reproductions? In The Copy Corner we dust off the culture of analogue copying and discover why all these copies were made. For example, to reuse existing designs, to experiment with visualisation techniques, to facilitate collaboration or to try out new design variants. On show in the Research Centre until 7 April.➝ Read more
In 2021, the last paper IKEA catalogue was published, 70 years after the first edition. While never intended to last forever, vintage IKEA items have now become sought-after collector’s pieces. Because of IKEA’s enormous influence on interior design and the globalisation of taste, we have added the IKEA catalogues to the collection of the Nieuwe Instituut, thanks to a private donation. You can see the catalogues, dating from the 1980s, in the Research Centre until Sunday 3 March.