12 November 2013, Philippe Vierin (noAarchitecten)
Philippe Vierin (1969) born in Brugge, Belgium, is one of the three directing architects of noAarchitecten. Before he founded noAarchitecten in 1999 he went to the UGent faculty of applied sciences to become an architect. After working together with different people and companies it was time to start his own company.
The work of noAarchitecten derives in many different areaʼs, though they work mainly on public buildings, such as the City Hall in Kortrijk or a pavilion in South-Korea. In their work they focus on all stages of the design process from analyzing up to precisely detailing, and from urban planning up to furniture design. This makeʼs them a versatile architecture company and they have been awarded for this many times.
Their work sometimes has a really artistic touch because they like to work with many different artists. But this in itself gives their architecture more depth and makes it not only pleasant to look at but also makes one think about the relation of architecture with the human emotion and then again how this relates to society. An outstanding example of their work is the machine hall for Petrol in Antwerp which has a clear relation to the art work of Anish Kapoor.