The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision was designed by architects Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk. Colored sunlight streams through the magnificent colored glass into the cathedral hall. The building houses the national broadcasting archives and it also contains offices and a museum. The design was based on the concept of the perfect cube and was conceived in collaboration with an artist named Jaap Drupsteen. The altered natural light and the artificial like cubed shape is representative of media in the digital age. The exterior is decorated with famous television images, an artistic graphic design by Jaap Drupsteen.
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision cost almost € 40 million and it was completed in 2006. It has now houses one of the largest collections of audiovisual archives in Europe consisting of approximately 800 000 hours of television, radio and film. In total seventy percent of Dutch audio visual historical, heratige audio and visual material is kept here. The archives are managed by state of the art storage systems that are designed to provide easy access to materials and to store them safely.