MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio explores the archive of architecture office MVRDV. Based on three recurring themes – green, human, and dream – the exhibition highlights more than 400 projects, offering a glimpse of the renowned firm’s working methods with drawings, sketches, models and other archive materials. The exhibition, on the institute’s sixth floor, overlooks one of the MVRDV’s much-discussed recent designs – the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Visitors get an insight into the design processes leading up to the realisation of buildings such as Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Markthal in Rotterdam. Material from the MVRDV archives ranges from early sketches and models to correspondence with engineers and contractors. In parallel, Het Nieuwe Instituut illustrates how it manages the MVRDV archive, from metres of shelves containing models, drawings and documents, to the digital infrastructure required to unlock a digital archive.