The NAI has one of the world's most important collections of archives of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture and urban planning. The permanent exhibition Living in the Lowlands reveals the collection's wealth of drawings, models and photographs. The highlights of this national treasure paint a picture of domestic life in the Netherlands over the last 150 years. Ordinary Dutch architecture whose quality is unmatched anywhere in the world. The Belgian office 51N4E Space Producers, recent winners of the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects, designed the exhibition. Their solution adds a new dimension to Jo Coenen's building. They transformed four of the NAI's exhibition galleries into a single new space.
The void between the first and second floors will been closed off to create a continuous display wall. 51N4E's design creates a new visual entity for the display of material from the collection, often without mats or frames.
Galleries and Sonneveld House: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Sundays and national holidays: 11:00 - 17:00. April 8/9, May 17, May 27/28: 11:00 - 17:00. December 5: 10:00 - 16:00. Mondays, January 1, April 30 and December 25: closed. Library and Reading Room: open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Closed on Saturdays in July and August. Please note that if you wish to examine documents from the archives on Saturdays, you must request them before 16:00 the Friday before
How to get there?
Take tram 5 or 4 from Central Station, to Eendrachtsplein. Or walk the 10 minutes from Rotterdam Central Station. Upon request the NAI offers guided tours of the building, the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions. The guides will take you around Jo Coenen's building and show you that there is much more to architecture than simply making buildings. Reserve 2 weeks in advance at the Education Department on on +31 (0)10-4401321 or complete their online application form.