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Come along and chat with the curators, meet the Prix de Rome 2018 finalists, enjoy an exclusive tour and then join us for the festive opening!


Het Nieuwe Instituut will be temporarily transformed into a design archive. Prototypes, sketches, samples of materials, colour schemes and other significant work in the development of the oeuvres of a range of Dutch designers will be displayed; work which deserves to be preserved and shared. The Speculative Design Archive will allow visitors to look into the cupboards and drawers of renowned studios such as those of Hella Jongerius and Vincent de Rijk as well as of young designers and collectives including Cubic3. Thereby giving an impression of the richness and variety a Dutch design archive could offer, while at the same time researching how these treasures can best be housed and made accessible.

Research installation Habitat: Expanding Architecture 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. The installation serves as a platform for further study and conversation about the meaning of ‘habitat’ then and now. Habitat shows work from the archives of Aldo van Eyck, Jaap Bakema and Alison & Peter Smithson, together with more recent work by Pjotr Gonggrijp and Frits Palmboom

Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 focuses on two extremes in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. These extremes are featured in two rounds, based in two very different locations in the Netherlands. The international jury of the Prix de Rome has selected four architects for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018. The nominees are: Alessandra Covini / Studio Ossidiana , Bram van Kaathoven, Katarzyna Nowak and the duo Rademacher de Vries. For the final round the four candidates are challenged to make a fictional design for the Sixhaven area in Amsterdam. Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the work of the four nominees for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018. The exhibition showcases the importance of design and innovation, key principles of all activities at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

18:30 – 19:30
also this evening

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free entrance with a ticket