Habitat: Large and Small
From the design of a birds' nest to the Times Square Reconstruction, or from beehives to the SFMOMA Expansion, Snøhetta's work aligns across scales and habitats, large and small, to offer an unhinged look at how we create place and identity.
Craig Dykers, AIA
Elaine Molinar, AIA
For over 25 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world's most notable public and cultural projects.
Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competition-winning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion among many others.
Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape and interior design in all of its projects. Snøhetta is currently working on a number of civic and cultural projects internationally including the Times Square Reconstruction in New York, the Lascaux IV Caves Museum in Montignac, France, Calgary's New Central Library in Alberta, Canada, and the Le Monde Headquarters in Paris. The studio was shortlisted as one of seven firms in consideration to design the Obama Presidential Center in the South Side of Chicago.
Among its many recognitions, Snøhetta received the World Architecture Award for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Aga Kahn Prize for Architecture for Alexandria Library. Since its completion in 2008, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has also garnered the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, as well as the European Prize for Urban Public Space, The International Architecture Award and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2010.