Snøhetta (company)

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Snøhetta AS
FoundersKjetil Trædal Thorsen, Craig Edward Dykers
Number of locations
Oslo, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Innsbruck, and San Francisco[1]
Number of employees
240 Edit this on Wikidata

Snøhetta (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsnø̀ːˌhɛtːɑ]) is a Norwegian architectural firm headquartered in Oslo, Norway.[2]


The company was formed in 1987 by Norwegian, Kjetil Thorsen, and a group of young architects. They named it Snøhetta after the tallest mountain in the Dovrefjell National Park.[3] In 1989 they joined forces with New York architect, Craig Dykers, to enter the competition to design a replacement for the Library of Alexandria (the winning design for Bibliotheca Alexandrina wasn't completed until 2001).[3]


Snøhetta has received the World Architecture Award for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Oslo Opera House, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.[4] Since its completion in 2008, the Oslo Opera House has also been awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award,[5] the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, the European Prize for Urban Public Space,[6] In 2010, through Kjetil Trædal Thorsen’s lead, Snøhetta’s works’ coherence with their environment was awarded the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, both from an international point of view, for their large scale projects, and at a local, small projects scale.[7][8]

Notable works[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Snøhetta Works. Lars Müller Publishers. 2009. ISBN 978-3-03778-147-0.
  • Conditions: Snøhetta : Architecture, Interior, Landscape. Lars Müller Publishers. 2007. ISBN 978-3-03778-118-0.
  • Snøhetta: Hus som vil meg hysa, Kjartan Fløgstad, 2004. ISBN 978-8-25216-108-3.[19]


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  2. ^ "10 Unusual Libraries From Around the World". Mental Floss. 2022-12-27. Retrieved 2023-01-06.
  3. ^ a b c Owen, David (January 14, 2013). "The Psychology of Space". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  4. ^ "Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2004". Architecture & Urbanism Magazine. Autumn/Winter 2005 (78/79).
  5. ^ "European Union Prize - Jury Proceedings". Retrieved 16 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Hannema, Kirsten (1 May 2010). "European Prize for Urban Public Space". A10. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  7. ^ Contal, Marie-Hélène; Revedin, Jana (October 2011). Sustainable design II, Towards a new ethics for architecture and the city. Paris: Actes Sud. ISBN 978-2-330-00085-1.
  8. ^ "Global Award for Sustainable Architecture". Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  9. ^ "Ryerson University Student Learning Centre / Zeidler Partnership Architects + Snøhetta". Arch Daily. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2017-04-01. Designed by the architectural team of Zeidler and Snøhetta, the Ryerson Student Learning Centre provides the university's students with an outstanding environment to study, collaborate, and discover.
  10. ^ John King (2010-07-21). "Snøhetta to design SFMOMA's vast new wing". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2010-07-23.
  11. ^ "Lascaux IV International Centre for Cave Art". official website. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  12. ^ "Lascaux IV: The International Centre for Cave Art". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  13. ^ "Snøhetta's Times Square". Domus. April 20, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  14. ^ Rosenfield, Karissa (2014-09-24). "Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library". ArchDaily. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  15. ^ "Europe's first underwater restaurant". CNN. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  16. ^ "Snohetta's Wolfe Center for the Arts gives Bowling Green State University a new point of pride". 11 March 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  17. ^ Klein, Kristine (2022-12-19). "Snøhetta reveals a tree-inspired design for the new Westchester Square Library in New York's "greenest" borough". The Architects Newspaper. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  18. ^ Rahmanan, Anna (2023-01-03). "This super cool, futuristic library is opening in the Bronx by 2025". Time Out. New York. Retrieved 2023-01-27.
  19. ^ Fløgstad, Kjartan (2004). SNØHETTA Hus som vil meg hysa. Oslo, Norway: Samlaget. ISBN 9788252161083.

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