November 26, 2014

The Small Screen, Writ Large: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Photography by Iwan Baan.

Photography by Iwan Baan.


Neutelings Riedijk Architects


Jaap Drupsteen






Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum


The building is sheathed in a spectacular skin of individually designed glass panels impregnated with famous images from Dutch television.

One of Europe’s major

audiovisual archives, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is responsible for keeping hundreds of thousands of hours of television, film, and radio in optimal condition for present and future use.

Neutelings Riedijk Architects’s

323,000-square-foot building—a perfect cube, sunk halfway into the ground—is furthermore a museum, a cultural focal point for the city at the center of the Dutch television industry. Those dual missions are broadcast loud and clear by a highly distinctive and innovative curtain wall, a collaboration with artist

Jaap Drupsteen

. Taking TV images, Drupsteen used software to blur them for greater visual continuity. Then, instead of printing them on a PVB plastic interlayer for laminated glass, he fused them into 2,100 high-relief cast-glass panels.

Text adapted from

Material Innovation: Product Design

by Andrew H. Dent & Leslie Sherr; printed by permission of

Thames & Hudson

, all rights reserved.

Photography by Marc Detiffe.

Photography by Marc Detiffe.

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