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North North West - nummer 1 - herdruk

Auteur:Stephen Bates, Christoph Grafe

Uitgever:Architectura & Natura

ISBN: 978-94-6140-045-1

  • Paperback
  • Nederlands, Engels
  • 266 pagina's
  • 15 apr. 2017

North North West is een nieuwe reeks architectuurmonografieën die focust op architecturale praktijken in Noordwest-Europa. Het eerste nummer in de reeks is gewijd aan het werk van noAarchitecten en bevat bijdrages van Stephen Bates, Christoph Grafe en Katrien Vandermarliere.

Brussels based NoAarchitecten have been able to create a form profile for themselves from the very beginning, with both notable small buildings and several large-scale public buildings including the Petrol electricity cabin in Antwerp and the spatial metamorphosis of Menen town hall.


A contemplative study room for students in Hasselt turns out to have been a prison cell. A facade introduces reading into the city and gives the Plantin-Moretus Museum collection a (protective) face. In their projects, noAarchitecten try to go beyond the visual experience to arrive at an all-round spatial experience. In the course of time a seemingly intuitive design approach transformed into a proper design strategy.

noAarchitecten takes up a position subtly reconciling the principal, the building/assignment and the future user. The firm sometimes even opts for different approaches within a single building. The result is contradiction and complexity. An ambiguity which this collective explores by means of a meticulous plan and a precise selection of colours and materials. This architecture is never neutral. It is intended to uplift, but never becomes pedantic. It is specific, offers a tailormade location and gives an almost ritual dimension to everyday actions.

North North West is een nieuwe reeks architectuurmonografieën die focust op architecturale praktijken in Noordwest-Europa. Het eerste nummer in de reeks is gewijd aan het werk van noAarchitecten en bevat bijdrages van Stephen Bates, Christoph Grafe en Katrien Vandermarliere.

Brussels based NoAarchitecten have been able to create a form profile for themselves from the very beginning, with both notable small buildings and several large-scale public buildings including the Petrol electricity cabin in Antwerp and the spatial metamorphosis of Menen town hall.


A contemplative study room for students in Hasselt turns out to have been a prison cell. A facade introduces reading into the city and gives the Plantin-Moretus Museum collection a (protective) face. In their projects, noAarchitecten try to go beyond the visual experience to arrive at an all-round spatial experience. In the course of time a seemingly intuitive design approach transformed into a proper design strategy.

noAarchitecten takes up a position subtly reconciling the principal, the building/assignment and the future user. The firm sometimes even opts for different approaches within a single building. The result is contradiction and complexity. An ambiguity which this collective explores by means of a meticulous plan and a precise selection of colours and materials. This architecture is never neutral. It is intended to uplift, but never becomes pedantic. It is specific, offers a tailormade location and gives an almost ritual dimension to everyday actions.

Tentoonstelling in deSingel Antwerpen, 26 september 2014 - 4 januari 2015

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