The purpose of my Holland visit was Dutch Design Week, during which we also stopped off in Rotterdam after Eindhoven. Even though we didn’t stay in Rotterdam, we spent some time at a giant architectural centre (NAI) called the Netherlands Architectural Institute.
I couldn’t help asking why such an institute doesn’t exist in Turkey, with archives of the pieces by famed Dutch architects dating back to the 1800’s. Its archive occupies a large area of the institute. The archive requires special permission, but all the other sections of the centre are open to the public. NAI hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions. It features Deodek, where children are introduced to architecture and play with cubes and legos to build structures. The venue’s cool café has a terrace that attracts many especially in sunny weather. The library heaves with architectural publications and books. The store offers books all of which you might probably want to buy. And the “treasure” is home models, drawings and sketches which are alternately displayed.
This eloquent centre draws everyone with a bit of interest in design, while offering city biking tours that incorporate destinations to important structures. Upon visiting such an institute, it was not a mystery for me anymore to understand why Dutch architects represent a majority in the international market. The temporary Louis Kahn and permanent “Stad van NL”, which featured an ultimately futuristic approach, as well as those we had at the café, still occupy a place in my heart.
Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAI) (Museumpark 25, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland)
The purpose of my Holland visit was Dutch Design Week, during which we also stopped off in Rotterdam after Eindhoven. Even though we didn’t stay in Rotterdam, we spent some...