July 22: Rotterdam – Architectuurinstituut 1
The Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (henceforth NAi) is a museum/archive/library in the Museumpark, designed by Jo Coenen and built in 1993. The building comprises a strikingly varied collection of volumes.
Here, the NAi peeks out from behind the Huis Sonneveld, which we will see more of shortly.
Attached to the northern end of the NAi is a significantly stealth-fighter-looking sculpture (or sensory array???).
The archive wing follows the curve of Rochussenstraat and is elevated over street level, leaving this zoom zone underneath.
We went to the cafeteria for lunch. This palette of wood, concrete, and black steel is almost always a winning combination in my book.
Central circulation opens up just next to the cafeteria.
The tall glass volume has a rather unusual, and appealing, configuration of main structure outside the curtain wall.
Why, what can this Nordic-looking tower be?
Maybe I was just hallucinating it. Hmm, this curtain wall structure is neato.
There it is again! What is it?? (Hint: it's the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.)
Concrete beams levitating over the museum store. What!