July 22: Rotterdam – Architectuurinstituut 2
We headed back into the NAi to nose around some more.
Here you can see all the NAi's volumes at once: the brick one, the glass one, and the metal one.
The archive wing's fire escapes are certainly consonant with the industrial look of the rest of the wing.
A look back toward the Huis Sonneveld.
And in the opposite direction.
One exhibit contained intricate competition models — I forget whether all the buildings on display were unbuilt, and whether they were for just one competition. This model is pretty incredible just by itself even without being manifested in a full-scale building.
Eerie light, normal light.
Multiple levels of the glass volume.
On the glass box's upper levels are study areas. Here, an open stair up to the highest level.
Both of the study levels visible. It's quite an inviting environment, a nice mix of clean and warm.
The uppermost level is mostly just aisles by the stacks, with circulation aided by this cool wooden bridge in the middle.
The gaps in the floor augment the general open feeling of the spaces.
One of the glass box's exoskeletal posts.
Upon departure, we gathered here along the main entrance, which slides underneath the archive wing.
Another curious floating concrete frame.
Just overhead, the elusive bridge to the archive wing.
In the large pool that NAi sits next to and over is this wonderfully surrealist sculpture.
It's daisy season!
The glass box proudly surveys its realm.
The NAi connects to the Museumpark street over this narrow bridge.