New Gallery 'Schatkamers' by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, NAi Rotterdam

In the new permanent exhibition Schatkamers (Treasury), you can admire 100 highlights from the vast NAI collection. Works on display include famous designs by the icons of Dutch architectural history such as Cuypers, Dudok, Rietveld and Koolhaas. The Treasury completes the new NAI, museum of architecture.

Designed by Koolhaas’ office OMA, the NAI Schatkamers is as striking as the NAI Collection itself. A 250m2 space is created in the depths of our catacombs which only gradually reveals the architectural marvels. Once you have reached the heart of glass, you will find scale models, drawings, sketches and photographs from the rich collection of the NAI such as Berlage’s travelling sketchbook of Italy from around 1900, Koolhaas’ studies for the Kunsthal, and models of Rietveld’s Zig-Zag chair.

The NAI Schatkamers is divided into six thematic clusters that refer to the Dutch architectural tradition. One of those typical Dutch traditions is social housing. The unique cooperation between government, private housing corporations and architects repeatedly led to new and unexpected solutions, such as the housing blocks by De Klerk (Amsterdam School) that were also called 'palaces for the workers'. Another tradition is the experimental urge of Dutch architects that has led time and again to innovations in the architecture of the last two hundred years, such as the world-famous experiments of De Stijl.