Working on the horizon

NOHNIK is a multidisciplinary design agency for architecture and landscape architecture. Our projects represent a unique combination of multiple design backgrounds which form the basis for integral solutions in complex projects. We are motivated by the intrinsic qualities of a place, its users and inhabitants. This provides realistic tailor made solutions on multiple scale levels. In our projects, a sustainable approach forms the base for every successful result. We aim to develop plans that do not only contribute to a sustainable human habitat, but also foster a energy neutral operation of places and social connectedness.

From sketch to construction

We work on all phases of the design and building process, in an integral process with contractors and technical advisors. In this process we use different methods to visualise the design for all stakeholders. For example with 3D visuals, clear maps and plans, models and by using BIM (Building Information Modelling). This virtual way of building enhances collaboration between different team members and makes the design- and building process more efficient. A virtual model makes it possible to give insight in the characteristics of a design to different stakeholders from the most early stage of the process. During and after the building process we are involved to guarantee the aesthetical quality of the design and to make sure the shared ambitions become reality.

Research by design

Our ability to visualise our designs in an understandable and attractive way helps to stimulate fruitful discussions and making clever choices in spatial projects. We use a research by design method as a way to explore new insights and possible futures. This guarantees surprising and new ideas for complex spatial challenges.

Regional strategies

Large scale transitions such as demographic changes, energy transition, urbanisation and growth in tourism will have a huge impact on our environment. In order to ensure the spatial qualities and coherence of our valuable environment we develop regional spatial strategies. These strategies form guidelines to incorporate future transitions in the existing landscape. It stimulates us to keep designing on the regional scale level and connect regional stakeholders with each other.

Participative processes

We initiate transformations and facilitate open-source participative planning and design processes. Together with multiple stakeholders we evoke a new energy, driven by our engagement with people and places.

Our clients

Awards and nominations

Who Cares, winner, 2017
CRA Young Innovators, 2017
PK Award, nomination, 2017
Veluwe beste natuurgebied van Nederland (bidbook NOHNIK), winner, 2016
ASN Bank World Prize, top 5 theme sustainability, nature and environment, 2015
Competition viewing tower ADT, winner 2016
Competition Kees Valkenstein Primary School, shortlist 2016
Competition upgrade appartement building Op de Wal, winner 2015
Competition Zwanenhof Health Resort, winner 2015
Sustainable Tuesday, 2016, selected
Ruimte voor Ruimdenkers, honourable mention HBS Kampen, 2015
Visitor Center UNSECO Kinderdijk, runner-up, 2014
Transformation Tivoli, winner, 2014
Archiprix, winner, 2012
IFLA International Zvi Miller Prize, 2011

Teaching, presentations and lectures

European Geoparks Network Conference, Azoren, lecture
Artez Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem, guest teacher
Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, guest teacher
Wageningen Universiteit, guest teacher
Artez Honours Programme, lecture
Heel het Renkums beekdal, presentation
Tourism 360, Reykjavik IJsland, lecture
IABR Rotterdam, presentation
Pecha Kucha T-Mobile, presentation
De Adaptieve Dijk, presentation
Masterclass Creatief Ondernemerschap Architectuur lokaal, presentation
B-talks Dopper, presentation
Sail 2015 Amsterdam, presentation
Ruimte voor Ruimdenkers, presentation
Student voor Morgen, presentation
BEP entrepreneurship, presentation

Exhibitions

Dutch Design Week 2017, exhibition
Landscape Triennial 2017, exhibition and publication
TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017
Design March 2017 Reykjavik Iceland, exhibition
Dune Carcass Vlieland Island, 2016, installation
Innovation Expo, 2016, Amsterdam

Publications

Spot on: landschap als vestigingsvoorwaarde (project Ringpark Utrecht, published by Vereniging Deltametropool)
DSLA research by design (publication DSLA)
Destination: Iceland (own publication)
WOW Air magazine (published by WOW Air)
HBS Kampen magazine (eigen publicatie)
De Adaptieve Dijk (published by BNA)
Yearbook Dutch Creative Industries Fund, 2015