22-03-2021 | The farmhouse was built in 1891 and has been used as a residence since the mid-seventies. Our architectural intervention consists of removing all later additions - structures that did not belong to the original layout of the farm - resulting in the uncovering of the impressive, characteristic square construction of the farmhouse.
09-03-2021 | In our architecture, public space and shared space are synonymous with social space. Sint Jozef Geel is the perfect example of this principle: by elevating the first-floor plane, we created a new high-quality leisure space underneath the building. As a result of our design, a new pedagogical vision was developed and implemented by the school.
02-02-2021 | The construction of the housing properties ‘De Kleine Weelde’ in Uithoorn has been completed! The innovative and sustainable properties are located in a lush, park-like environment, and are built in clusters around shared courtyards, as NOAHH strongly believes that public space and shared space are synonymous with social space, where people can meet and connect with one another.
22-01-2021 | Thrilled with the new publication of our Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal in the renowned magazine Schooldomein! The beautiful and innovative schoolbuilding was completed end of November last year.
21-01-2021 | We are delighted to share our competition design for the new culture cluster in Delfzijl! The new culture cluster traverses Delfzijl’s different identities and blends into the urban context while simultaneously making a large inviting cultural gesture. Our flexible and multi-purpose design consists of a wide scope of spaces - 'culture rooms' - that facilitate a range of experiences all taking place simultaneously under one roof.
16-12-2020 | On the exact location where the Christian Lyceum Veenendaal opened its doors more than fifty years ago, a beautiful, futureproof, and (almost) energy-neutral school has been completed! Reuse, circularity, and identity are central to its regenerative design.
14-12-2020 | Patrick Fransen and Loes Thijssen will give a lecture on 'Innovative Learning Spaces' at the Fablearn Conference 2020, organised by the Università Politecnica Delle Marche in Ancona, Italy.
23-11-2020 | We are proud to present our winning design for the school campus of CSG Reggesteyn in Nijverdal! We wanted to design a futureproof, nature-inclusive school campus in harmony with the beautiful surrounding heathland landscape: an inspiring school with a clear focus on outdoor sports and practical learning.
28-10-2020 | ``I don't design for a specific situation, but always consider how a building will be used in the long term``, writes Loes Thijssen in her regular column in A.ZINE. Thijssen is inspired by Constant Nieuwenhuys, who visualized his ideas about dynamic and idealistic architecture in his magnum opus 'New Babylon'.
19-10-2020 | We are pleased to announce that the building permit has been granted for our Villa Oosterwold in Almere. The villa stands for a new, activity-based, way of living. The typology is based on a lifecycle approach in which the house is designed according to use - living - sleeping - working – accommodation – and care.
07-10-2020 | After 14 years of discussion about the new Theater aan de Parade, the city council of 's-Hertogenbosch has approved the plans that we have developed over the past 2 years. 'A monument for the future, a cultural jewel for the city', according to one of the city councillors.
28-09-2020 | We are proud to share our design for the International Performing Arts Centre in the new Shenzhen Xiangmihu District! The enriching, flexible, and compact building draws on state-of-the-art technological innovations to create a world-class performing arts centre. The proposed iconic design is a vibrant urban living room, embodying the energy of Shenzhen’s distinct urban environment, as well as a poetic reference to the elegant choreography of the Chinese Flying Asparas dance.
13-09-2020 | Exhibition curated by Aziz Bekkaoui, featuring more than 25 colorful, pioneering, outspokenly creative contemporary Cobras - including Patrick Fransen - together with pieces from the Cobra collection and their own work.
23-09-2020 | A debate on 'form follows function' in contemporary architecture. Patrick Fransen has been asked to participate to discuss the contemporary use of multifunctional accommodations, such as our MFA Onderdak.
12-09-2020 | Loes Thijssen will give a presentation and offer insight into the vision on heritage and sustainability that has shaped the Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal's regenerative design.
25-06-2020 | We are proud to share our runner-up design for the transformation of the secondary school Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem, a national monument located in the city centre of Haarlem. We believe that the most sustainable solution for any given building lies in designing a flexible structure that is able to adapt to the changing wishes of the user.
27-05-2020 | Another major milestone for the new Theater aan de Parade - we got the green light for our final design! The design was praised by the committee as 'monument-worthy'! NOAHH has designed the theater as an extrovert, multifunctional building, cutting-edge in its approach to implementing social space.
18-05-2020 | Since ancient times, theatres have brought us together and are of great significance to everyday life. We believe that theatres hold an vital social function: they provide meaning and connection in these unsettling times. We aspire to design the Theater aan de Parade as an enriching, timeless cultural hub that will make an meaningful contribution to society.
11-05-2020 | For some time now, we have been trapped in our own isolated lockdown bubbles, and the ever-bustling city that we live in has never been more empty. Loes Thijssen explores the ideas of the radical visionaries of the 60s and 70s. How can these large, utopian, movable infrastructures - these 'bubble communities' - inspire us to seek solutions for designing flexible, adaptive and social buildings?
07-05-2020 | We are excited to announce that our MFA Onderdak will be published in the new book ‘Samenwerken aan de School van Morgen’, as one of the most innovative, adaptive, and future-proof schools built in The Netherlands in the past five years!
16-04-2020 | The villa stands for a new, activity-based, way of living. The typology is based on a lifecycle approach in which the house is designed according to use - living - sleeping - working – accommodation – and care. The design creates the possibility to expand or compress the space according to the user’s wishes.
12-04-2020 | Learning by trying is one of the key principles of the Dalton educational system. Our aim is therefore to design a school that can optimally support the development of the pupils, as well as social interaction within the Dalton educational vision. To us, the building is like a canvas, a space for the school to make their own, as well a space that inspires experimentation, autonomous thinking and creativity.
01-04-2020 | The conceptual focus of our design lies in the ambition to design a sports complex that inspires and challenges all visitors to exercise. We designed a boulevard that works as a connector, extending throughout the sports complex and the entire terrain, encouraging exercise every step of the way.
17-03-2020 | NOAHH is committed to meet the challenges of a constantly changing society, now more than ever. We are following the Dutch government’s guidelines on preventing the further spread of COVID-19, and have implemented heightened measures within our office for the safety of our staff and our community, while remaining committed to our clients and network.
09-03-2020 | We are pleased to announce that the book 'Dutch Architecture' is out in stores now, featuring our MFC Doelum! This book presents a selection of Dutch architects, and extensively features highly esthetic, sustainable, multi-use assignments in densely populated and highly urbanized areas, showcasing great expertise and state-of-the-art architecture.
04-03-2020 | Compelling column by Loes Thijssen in the online magazine A.ZINE on her hero Yona Friedman, and his - still very relevant - visionary ideas on flexible architecture.
04-02-2020 | Today we celebrate that the Christelijk Lyceum has reached the highest point of construction! A beautiful, futureproof and (almost) energy-neutral building will be opened this fall. Reuse, circularity, and identity are central to its design. The two existing structures of the current school will be transformed and connected to each other by adding a new volume, which will become the new social heart of the school.
21-02-2020 | Proudly presenting our runner-up design for the new culture cluster in Hoogeveen! Our team NOAHH, Civic Architects, and Pieters Bouwtechniek, regard the new culture cluster as a place where all the users can connect with each other in a new context, and take on a new, joint identity. We have designed an inclusive, inspiring venue that residents and users alike can call their own.
18-02-2020 | We're very excited to announce that EVOLUTIONARIES, a research project conducted by NOAHH, will be exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2020! A transformable hyper cube, placed within an infinity room, will create an interactive spatial experience through space and time. The exhibition is organised by the European Cultural Centre in Palazzo Bembo, Venice.
10-02-2020 | Join us for a lecture on Thursday 13 February by NOAHH's own Patrick Fransen and Stephanie Lama, on the topic of how contemporary architecture can contribute to a city’s public and dynamic character. The importance of contemporary cultural and public buildings will be explored, zooming in on NOAHH’s theaters, while placing them in a larger historical and urban context.
29-01-2020 | NOAHH is thrilled to announce that ArchDaily has just launched the 11th edition of its Building of the Year Awards and MFC Doelum project is eligible for nomination! We need your help, so please click on link below to vote for MFC Doelum!
06-02-2020 | Patrick Fransen will be giving a lecture at Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam on Thursday 6 February, titled 'ASTRONAUT or ARCHITECT'. The lecture is inspired by Fransen's fascination with space exploration and astronomy, which translates to buildings that are designed as 'time machines'.
13-01-2020 | We have revealed our design for the new market hall in Schalkwijk, Haarlem. The building will be a combination of a market and food hall. It will have the capacity to host cultural events and music concerts, as well as the potential to create workspaces: the beating heart of downtown Schalkwijk – a cultural hub where people can connect and spend quality time together.
21-12-2019 | We are excited to announce we are participating in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (UABB), currently taking place in Shenzhen, China! Our research work on adaptive, evolutionary architecture – EVOLUTIONARIES – will be presented in the exhibition ‘Future City Matrix’.
10-12-2019 | Patrick Fransen's new collection of short stories, '23' has been published, a reflection of Fransen's experience in Le Meignoux, central France, where he has a summer house. A wistful poetic contemplation of a region where time seems to have slowed down, faced with rapid population decline. The book costs €15,-.
01-12-2019 | On Wednesday 4 December, NOAHH - in collaboration with Rijnboutt - will organize an event on the topic of EVOLUTIONARIES. During this event, the 24/7 accessibility and programming, as well as the strong relation between public space and context, is investigated. Jo Noero (Noero Architects, based in Cape Town, South Africa), is addressing this topic in a keynote lecture.
25-11-2019 | Grand opening of MFC De Merel and BS De Zeewinde in Rockanje last night! The building is designed as the social heart for the community and accommodates a primary school, a kindergarten, a library, a music school, and various sports and cultural organizations.
14-11-2019 | The construction of the ground floor of the housing properties ‘De Kleine Weelde’, in Uithoorn was celebrated! The innovative and sustainable properties are located in a lush, park-like environment, and are built in clusters around shared courtyards, as NOAHH strongly believes that public space and shared space are synonymous with social space, where people can meet and connect with one another.
11-11-2019 | Patrick Fransen and Loes Thijssen gave a lecture at the Università degli Studi di Sassari in Alghero, Italy, on the topic of 'Evolutionaries, elementaries and education' in a lecture series titled 'Landscapes of Knowledge organized by the Faculty of Architecture in Alghero.
08-11-2019 | Last Friday, we celebrated the NETWORK part of NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture at our five-year anniversary party in our new office, and it was truly wonderful! Thank you all for being there - our friends, our partners, our colleagues - we all had a blast, and we hope you did too!
22-10-2019 | NOAHH is organising a lecture series at the TU/Delft and HNI on Thursday 7 November on the topic of our research project EVOLUTIONARIES. Lectures will take place at the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment from 15.00 until 18.00, and NOAHH will host Thursday Night Live at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 19.30 until 21.30.
22-10-2019 | Loes Thijssen will lead an interactive session at Dutch Design Week on NOAHH's network-based approach and drive to stimulate people to meet and connect. She will focus on our futureproof design for the Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal, and NOAHH's aspirations to design innovative buildings with a 24-7 attitude.
16-10-2019 | An in-depth article has been published on the prestigious platform ArchDaily on MFC Doelum, designed by NOAHH + studio Nuy van Noort. In a beautiful green area, surrounded by low-rise housing, MFC Doelum is designed as the social heart for the community of Renkum.
09-10-2019 | NOAHH is selected to design a new, sustainable swimming pool in Veldhoven! The swimming pool Den Ekkerman consists of a collection of pavilions, optically separating the pools from the existing sports hall. Through the playful meandering window openings, one can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding park. All pools have their own identity, reinforced by the difference in size, scale and color palette.
18-09-2019 | Our MFA Onderdak has been nominated by Architectenweb for the 'Best School of the Year 2019' Architectenweb Awards! MFA Onderdak shelters both a primary school and a community center – but its innovative design means it can be transformed into living spaces to provide accommodation for the town’s aging population in future: a building fit for tomorrow’s world.
12-09-2019 | The Munincipality of ’s-Hertogenbosch, together with the Theater aan de Parade and NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture, proudly presented the design for the new theatre: an extrovert, multifunctional building, cutting-edge in its approach to implementing social space and spatial synergy. The new theatre will be a place where theatre lovers and culture enthusiasts will be able to experience a wide variety of performances, musical genres and cultural events: an irresistible cultural hub.
10-09-2019 | The latest edition of ArchitectuurNL features an in-depth interview with Pieter Benschop, senior architect at NOAHH, about our multifunctional accommodations MFA Onderdak and MFC BS Rockanje. NOAHH designs innovative flexible structures that are able to adapt to future developments to fit changing needs: buildings fit for tomorrow’s world.
02-08-2019 | Architectenweb held an compelling in-depth interview with Patrick Fransen on the topic of going offline in the summer holidays and his new collection of short stories, '23'. The article explores Fransen's experience in Le Meignoux, central France, where he has a summer house. The interview is a wistful poetic contemplation of a region where time seems to have slowed down, faced with rapid population decline.
14-07-2019 | NOAHH was founded in July 2014, and last weekend we celebrated our five year anniversary in Marseille, exploring the dynamics of a city undergoing a huge social transformation. The perfect ending to the perfect trip was visiting La Cité Radieuse by Le Corbusier, and this short film of our team is inspired by the Modular Man - Le Corbusier’s universal system of proportions, devised to reconcile maths, the human form, architecture, and beauty into a single system.
09-07-2019 | We are excited to announce we are moving to a new office! Our new address is Moermanskkade 111, 1013 BC Amsterdam, and our new office will be located on the third floor in the Mediahaven building.
02-07-2019 | Schooldomein has published an in-depth article about our MFA Onderdak. Right now, the building shelters both a community center and a small primary school – but its innovative design means it can be transformed into living spaces to provide accommodation for the town’s aging population in future: a building fit for tomorrow’s world.
15-06-2019 | Last Saturday the International Education and Culture Cluster - the OCC - was open to the public during the Dag van de Bouw 2019. From 2021 onwards the OCC will be the new cultural heart of The Hague, and will provide housing for the Nederlands Dans Theater, Residentie Orkest, Zuiderstrandtheater, the Royal Conservatory and Stichting Dansen Muziekcentrum Den Haag.
14-06-2019 | Patrick Fransen and Loes Thijssen gave a workshop on 'Innovating Cultural Hubs' at Placemaking Week Europe, Valencia, in collaboration with TivoliVredenburg, addressing the issue of how placemaking can become a tool to activate cultural buildings in order to shape the future of our cities?
16-05-2019 | We are excited to announce that Patrick Fransen and Loes Thijssen are giving an EVOLUTIONARIES workshop in Wuhan, China from 19-23 May, as well as a lecture on 20 May on '24/7 Transformation and Polyvalence' in Big House, Wuhan.
09-05-2019 | A major milestone for the four future residents of the International Education and Culture Cluster - NDT, Residentie Orkest, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Stichting Dansen Muziekcentrum Den Haag - the highest point of construction has been reached!
07-05-2019 | MFC Doelum was one of the forty projects featured in the prestigious Architecture Yearbook 2019. The multifunctional building, designed by NOAHH + studio Nuy van Noort in cooperation Abbie Steinhauser, is the new cultural living room of Renkum.
18-04-2019 | We celebrated the highest point of construction for our MFC BS Rockanje! The building will accommodate several elementary schools, a kindergarten, as well as various cultural and sports clubs. The landscape design, by HOSPER landscape architecture and urban design, connects the building to its surroundings through subtly referencing the nearby dune landscape.
12-04-2019 | We are delighted to announce the appointment of the new associate partner Loes Thijssen, in order to accommodate the need for specific expertise in the field of knowledge exchange, and to insure enduring creative quality within the growing practice of NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture.
15-03-2019 | NOAHH has been chosen to design the Theater aan de Parade in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The new theatre will be a place where people will be able to form a connection with one another and will bring together three unique halls, each with its own identity and programming, under one roof.
01-03-2019 | We are fascinated by adaptive and multifunctional architecture. This interview by KUBUS with Loes Thijssen and Bawar Tanay explores a case-study - the Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal - of how our firm uses new and innovative ways to design and transform sustainable and multifunctional buildings.
27-02-2019 | The highest point of the construction of the apartment block Belvédère in 's-Hertogenbosch was celebrated at the construction site. The complex is located on the southern edge of the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch.
12-02-2019 | Substantive and must-read article interview with NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture founder Patrick Fransen about TivoliVredenburg in the Dutch magazine 'Vrij Nederland' - 'TivoliVredenburg: a rebellious beacon in an increasingly commercial Stationsgebied'.
08-02-2019 | We were thrilled to be at the opening last Friday of our newly constructed MFA Biggekerke - now with its new name ‘Onderdak’ - the first futureproof and energy-neutral building in Zeeland. The flexible building hosts a community center and a school.
01-02-2019 | Our MFC BS Rockanje is coming along nicely - the contours of the building are now clearly defined through the steel construction. The building will accommodate several elementary schools, a kindergarten, as well as various cultural and sportclubs. A central meeting square binds all participants together. Large indoor windows - like vitrines - provide a view to the different domains.
24-01-2019 | The contemporary music complex TivoliVredenburg is celebrating its 5 year anniversary this weekend. This article in NRC Handelsblad provides for an interesting read on the merger of the legendary squatter's music venue Tivoli and the music centre Vredenburg, which used to on opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but now are united in an iconic music centre with superior acoustics.
14-01-2019 | Omroep Zeeland published a comprehensive article on our MFC Biggekerke, the first future-oriented building in Zeeland, which will be taken into use next week. The MFC Biggekerke hosts a community center and a small school. The school is designed so that it can be converted into housing, and is energy neutral.
18-12-2018 | We are happy to announce that yesterday evening the sale was launched of the housing properties ‘De Kleine Weelde’, in Uithoorn (NH). The innovative and sustainable properties are located in a lush, park-like environment, and are built in clusters around shared courtyards. The homes are designed by NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture for real estate developer Timpaan.
11-12-2018 | Urban densification: more is not necessarily better. A review of an evening in ARCAM, Amsterdam, on September 26th, where 7 architects, including NOAHH | network oriented architecture, were invited to explore the architectural consequences of that compelling logic: what spatial models are needed to be able to densify?
30-11-2018 | NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture has been selected, in collaboration with DGMR, RAVENKOP, Bremen Bouwadvies and CULD, to design the transformation-renovation of two ESA buildings located in the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk.
28-11-2018 | The city council of The Hague has approved the latest details of the new Education and Culture Complex (OCC) in The Hague. Many interior designs have now been finalized and depict aesthetic spaces 'with a warm atmosphere', as one of the committee members described.
22-11-2018 | The ARC18 Interior Award has been awarded to Multifunctioneel Centrum Doelum, designed by NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture + Studio Nuy van Noort in cooperation with Abbie Steinhaser. MFC Doelum is the new sports and cultural 'living room' of Renkum with educational facilities.
26-09-2018 | NOAHH was invited to speak at the ARCAM debate on Innovative Housing Concepts, exploring the architectural consequences of that compelling logic: what spatial models are needed to be able to densify? NOAHH will pitch the study 'Elated Life', examining the possibilities of densification in a groundbreaking way for the location Weenapoint, Rotterdam.
31-08-2018 | The first iconic façade columns of the new educational and cultural complex (OCC) at the Spui, The Hague, were installed. In the end, the building will have fifty façade columns distributed over four sides.
28-08-2018 | Patrick Fransen and Loes Thijssen gave lectures and workshops at ILS_Innovative Learning Spaces, the first interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to learning spaces, focusing on the theme “the city for everyone”. According to the idea that school buildings are not exclusively places for learning, the whole city can be understood as an urban learning platform, a place to incentivize the knowledge process.
17-07-2018 | Two existing structures of the current school will be transformed and connected to each other by a new volume which is the new social heart of the Christelijk Lyceum in Veenendaal. The design is a combination of new and old. The school has high ambitions in terms of sustainability and circularity.
18-05-2018 | The Multifunctioneel Centrum (MFC) Doelum, designed by NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture + Studio Nuy van Noort in cooperation with Abbie Steinhaser, has been nominated for the BNA Award Best Building of the Year 2018. MFC Doelum is the new sports and cultural 'living room' of Renkum with educational facilities.
19-02-2018 | Loes Thijssen's lecture 'The Real-time City: life in a fully adaptable environment’ addresses the issue of a city on demand. The city-based on services, discovering new technologies, evolutionary city structures, circular production methods, and a new economy.
29-06-2017 | Patrick Fransen gives a lecture 'From collective space to cityscape centre' in Ancona, Italy, at Cityscape 2017, organized by the Architecture Faculty of the Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona. The lecture shows how tot transit from a traditional school building to a multipurpose community centre.
30-01-2018 | NOAHH's ELEMENTARY furniture collection is about creativity, experience, flexibility, beauty and simplicity. A design language that translates the educational demands in its essence into a product.
22-11-2017 | Flemish Minister of Education Hilde Crevits opened the newly designed Sancta Maria Institute in Kasterlee, Belgium. The Sancta Maria Institute is one of the four projects that are being developed through the public-private school building program 'Schools of Tomorrow'.
14-11-2017 | Loes Thijssen published the article 'Do not own, enjoy! Living without ownership' in the publication of the Symposium Responsive Cities // Active public space, which was held 13-14 November 2017 in Barcelona.
31-08-2017 | Loes Thijssen and Patrick Fransen gave lectures and workshops at ILS_Innovative Learning Spaces in Alghero, Italy. ILS_Innovative Learning Spaces is the first interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to learning spaces, focussing on polyvalence in architecture.
27-05-2017 | Loes Thijssen gave the workshop 'Crowded' at InDeSem 2017, addressing the effects of densification of cities: decreasing social cohesion and urban stress. These developments affect us in different scales - from the scale of the person to that of the crowd - and affect our environment from the building to the city. This questions our idea of the city and calls for new visions for our urban landscapes and how we manage our crowds.
13-04-2017 | The 'Brede School' in Hillegom, designed by NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture, was officially opened. The new school building will consist of an ensemble of old and new, and the characteristic gymnasium will continue to exist and be transformed into a multifunctional hall.
23-03-2017 | Loes Thijssen gave a presentation on her Master's research project 'Real-time City' to the Ministry of Infrastructure. The Real-time City is a place where every citizen can create his own personal architecture in real-time. The city-based on services, discovering new technologies, evolutionary city structures, circular production methods, and a new economy.
30-08-2016 | Patrick Fransen gave a lecture at ILS_Innovative Learning Spaces in Alghero, Italy. ILS_Innovative Learning Spaces is the first interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to learning spaces, focussing on polyvalence in architecture.
01-02-2016 | 'Tailor-made cities' explores different perspectives on architecture and urban planning in a changing society towards a custom-made city. Citizens now take over certain city planning responsibilities from the government in order to create a tailor-made city.
14-07-2015 | Patrick Fransen (NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture), Jo Coenen (JCAU) and NL Architects, in collaboration with Boele & van Eesteren and Visser & Smit Bouw, have won the tender for the new Education and Culture Cluster (OCC) in The Hague.
08-09-2015 | The Board of the Rietveldprijs Foundation announced on Tuesday 8 September that TivoliVredenburg is the winner of the Rietveld architecture award 2015. The Rietveldprijs is awarded to Herman Hertzberger (AHH) and Patrick Fransen (NOAHH | Network Oriented Architecture), in collaboration with JCAU, ATA and NL Architects.
04-07-2014 | His Majesty the King has officially opened the new music center TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht tonight by sounding the gong. TivoliVredenburg is a unique contemporary music complex and consists of five halls with perfect acoustics and facilities for all kinds of music - ranging from pop, jazz and club nights to symphonic music to chamber music.