NOAHH was founded in 2014 by Patrick Fransen (1967; graduated with honors in TU Eindhoven).Patrick Fransen has a wide experience managing and guiding large teams of architects and experts working together closely. This experience resulted in a more networking-oriented attitude and the need for an in-depth research into this way of working. By creating NOAHH, he was able to explore this way of working more thoroughly. Now surrounded by a young international team of designers and technical experts, NOAHH is growing, as well as working in several fields and countries in Europe.NOAHH is specialized in complex projects, such a cultural and leisure buildings. The International Education Culture Cluster (OCC) in The Hague and the Music Centre TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht are examples of its designing ability. TivoliVredenburg won the Rietveld Award 2015. Schools also form an important part of our knowledge, loyal to a strong renewing pedagogical concept. NOAHH believes in the social aspects of the architecture and urbanism. For Schoolenaer he won the ‘Lieven-the-Key penning’, the first prize for best urban project in Haarlem of the last decade. The projects are always the result of an intensive, service-oriented interaction with our clients, our partners, the budget and the project context.Currently, NOAHH focuses on forming design teams with networking relations and partners in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany. Even though NOAHH welcomes new contacts all over Europe, to share knowledge and work in new collaborations and teams. Thanks to the diversity of the team, NOAHH is able to face projects in designing, detailing and conceptual elaboration in diverse categories such as urban design, housing, cultural and leisure buildings and schools, as well as office buildings, transformations, re-use and interiors.
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Network Oriented Architecture


Driven by the ambition to meet the challenges of an ever-changing society, NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture explores a network-based approach to deal with the unexpected factors of the architectural and urban processes. Continuously we keep the social aspects of architecture and urban design at heart. The core of NOAHH’s approach is to create buildings which stimulate social encounter in public spaces and enable people to meet and connect. Every project is the result of an intensive interaction and collaboration between clients, building specialist and financial advisors in order to deliver a building that integrates in the context and functions efficiently. Our international team, with mix of cultural attitudes and curiosity leads to new typologies and strong concepts with original reflections to the context.

NOAHH’s vision is based on six principles that complement each other aiming to cover the role of the architect in today’s society: encouraging social interaction, caring for polyvalence, creating environments that create and redefine context, stimulating innovation, setting new identities or strengthening existing ones and sharing knowledge. This vision offers a wide scope into the practice.

For TivoliVredenburg, NOAHH has been awarded the the Rietveld Prize Award 2015, and Haarlem Schoolenaer with the Lieven de Key Penning 2011, obtaining the first prize for the best urban masterplan in Haarlem of the last decade. NOAHH was nominated for MFC Doelum by the Dutch architects association (BNA) for best-building-of-the-year award 2018, and it recently won the ARC18 Interior Award.

NOAHH is an all-round international operating architectural office specialized in complex projects with a social agenda; theaters, cultural and educational buildings, multifunctional meeting facilities and public space. The International Education Culture Cluster (OCC) in The Hague and the Music Centre TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht are relevant examples of such complex projects. These projects create invigorating learning environments that have a great impact in the city. Elementary furniture shows that a strong analysis of the project does not always lead to architectonical solutions but to new concepts for furniture in strong relation with pedagogical vision.

Furthermore NOAHH’s attention is focused on interaction between building and environment. In many of our buildings, the city gradually becomes part of the project and, conversely, our buildings catalyze their environment. We are highly interested in the way our buildings are used and therefor how our buildings become gradually more a canvas for interpretation rather then a defined place.


Patrick Fransen, founder of NOAHH, has a wide experience managing and guiding large teams of architects and experts, working closely together. Surrounded by a young international team of designers and technical experts, NOAHH is operating in several fields and countries in Europe. Patrick Fransen is a frequent visiting professor at Dutch and International universities and jury member in architectural tender selections. More about Patrick Fransen.

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