Polyfern is a design studio for landscape, city, village, park, square and object. We are based in Utrecht – the Netherlands. In the video below we introduce ourselves in 90 seconds (click the CC button for English subtitles). We design places of wonderment.

Probable futures

Based on design research, we explore the future from many perspectives while drawing. An intuitive design process, without a preconceived outcome, maximises creativity in this regard. Our visions of the future excite, enthuse and entice people to think about a more sustainable world. We make prospects imaginable.

Draw and build

The real design challenge lies in fulfilling the promise: making the imaginable a reality. We experiment with the latest techniques (3D prints, Augmented Reality) and proven methods (models, mock-ups), to refine designs down to the smallest detail. So that the designed aesthetic experience is feasible and future-proof.

Poly (Greek): many, several.
Ferne (German): horizon, future, perspective.
Fernweh (German): desire for discovery, adventure and wanderlust.
Polyfern: multiple horizons, futures, perspectives.

Polyfern is compensating its CO2-emissions (energy, mobility, paper) by participating in the project Treesforall. We drive fully electric and our office is almost energy neutral due to the generation of electricity with our own solar panels.

Jorrit Noordhuizen, MSc

landscape architect, founder

Mara Middelhuis, BSc

landscape designer

Jorne van de Water, MSc

landscape designer

Thije Poels, MSc

landscape designer

Nick Hersbach, MSc.

landscape designer

David Heusinkveld

assistant designer

Leon Herrenauw

assistent designer

Elmar van Bochove


Would you like to join us?

Contact us!

Awards and nominations

> Winner BNG Heritage Award With Nijenborgh Castle Park, 2023
> Architect selection new fire tower Kalmthoutse Heide Belgium winner 2019
> Who Cares, winner, 2017
> CRA Young Innovators, 2017
> Young Architects Award, nomination, 2017
> PK Award, nomination, 2017
> Veluwe best nature reserve in the Netherlands (bid book), winner, 2016
> Sustainable Tuesday 2016, selected with The Watermaker ASN Bank World Prize, top 5 theme sustainability, nature and environment 2015
> Architect selection for observation tower ADT, winner 2016
> Space for Spacemakers, honorable mention HBS Kampen, 2015
> Kinderdijk Visitor Center, runner-up, 2014
> Repurposed Tivoli, winner, 2014
> Archiprix, winner, 2012 IFLA International Zvi Miller Prize, 2011 (Jorrit Noordhuizen and Inge Kersten)


> IABR Rotterdam 2022, exhibition
> Dutch Design Week 2020, exhibition
> Dutch Design Week 2019, workshop
> Sustainable Building Congress The Hague, exhibition
> 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, 2016, installation
> Innovation Expo, 2016, Amsterdam


> Yearbook of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in the Netherlands 2022 (with project Landscape Inclusive Agriculture Salland)
> Krasse Kernen, 2022, own publication
> Yearbook of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the Netherlands 2018 (with project Care2Share Oosterparkwijk)
> Vliegwiel, the transformation of Twente Air Base, 2019
> De natuurlijke stad – Nature-inclusive building in The Hague, publication, 2019
> 5 years of Young Innovators College of Government Advisors, interview, 2019
> The Renewed City, interview, 2019
> De Blauwe Kamer, interview (journal of landscape architecture and urban planning)
> KEER (publication Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie and Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed)
> Designing a community of care (with project Care2Share Oosterparkwijk)
> Sustainable Leisure Landscapes in Icelandic Rural Communities: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Journal of Management and Sustainability; Vol. 8, No. 4; 2018)
> Spot on: landscape as a condition for settlement (with project Ringpark Utrecht, publication Vereniging Deltametropool)
> DSLA Design Research (DSLA publication).
> Destination: Iceland (self-published)
> WOW Air magazine (WOW Air publication)
> HBS Kampen magazine (self-published)
> The Adaptive Dike (BNA publication)
> Yearbook Stimulation Fund Creative Industry