THE NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SOUND AND VISION
This "Beeld en Geluid Instituut" (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) looks after, and releases, 70 per cent of the Dutch audio-visual heritage. In total, around 700,000 hours of television, radio, music and film, making Sound and Vision one of the largest audio-visual archives in Europe.
But the institute is more than just a collection. Sound and Vision is the business archive of the national broadcasting corporations, a cultural history institute and also a unique media experience for its visitors.
I myself have experienced it and was impressed with the creativity of this Institute to display and present its collections to the public. I could experience to be a news reader, making a television program, joining a quiz, learning about sound mixing or simply walking around and buying interesting souvenirs. One thing to consider for non-Dutch visitors that the contents is very Dutch. To be able to enjoy and appreciate it we have to have some degrees of knowledge about Dutch media, politics and history. But to enjoy the atmosphere, a lot of things to see and listen.
About the building itself, you can follow the Architecture Review of the New York Times. This magazine called it "Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Encased in Glass." The architects, Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk, mentioned as "have something as rare in architectural circles as raw talent: a sense of humor."