“Things have no meaning: they exist.” The work of noA architecten is very diverse, both in terms of program and scale and in terms of architectural design.
noA architects was founded in 1999 by An Fonteyne, Jitse van den Berg and Philippe Viérin. The office is located on two sites: a paper mill converted by them in the center of Brussels and a historic location in the center of Bruges.
An Fonteyne (°Ostend, 1971) graduated in 1994 at Ghent University, worked at DKV Architects in Rotterdam, David Chipperfield in London and Rapp Höhne Architekten in Berlin. Jitse van den Berg (°Nijmegen, 1971) graduated from the Technical University Berlin in 2001, worked at Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten Berlin and then at David Chipperfield Architects London. Philippe Vierin (°Bruges, 1969) graduated from the University of Ghent in 1992, worked with Stéphane Beel, consecutively with Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners in Rotterdam and Piet Viérin.
The agency has built a significant reputation with the construction of several landmark projects. These are mainly public buildings, where the design includes all aspects: urban planning, architectural design and structural detailing, designing the furniture and signage.
An important aspect is the research into the emotional impact and the physical aspects of the building, supported by a profound interest in the possibilities offered by materials and light. The projects are designed to provide an unexpected answer to the problem and the context.
The work is nationally and internationally appreciated. The town hall of Kortrijk and the Petrol were widely published, as the town hall of Menen, which was also nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award.