Snøhetta (company)

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Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interiors, Graphic Design, Branding and Product Design.
FoundersKjetil Trædal Thorsen, Craig Edward Dykers
Number of locations
Oslo, Norway, New York; Studios in: San Francisco, Innsbruck, Paris and Stockholm
Oslo Opera House
Lillehammer Art Museum
James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina
Wolfe Center, Ohio

Snøhetta (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsnøːˌhɛtːɑ]) is an international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and brand design office based in Oslo, Norway and New York City with studios in San Francisco, California, Innsbruck, Austria, Paris, France and Stockholm, Sweden. Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Craig Edward Dykers are the two Founding Partners of the company. Snøhetta has approximately 150 designers working on projects around the world.

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.[1] Since its completion in 2008, the Oslo Opera House has also garnered the Mies van der Rohe Award[2] and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, as well as the European Prize for Urban Public Space,[3] the International Architecture Award[4] and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture[5] in 2010.


In 1987 the landscape architects Inge Dahlman, Berit Hartveit and Johan Østengen contacted landscape architects Alf Haukeland, and architects Øyvind Mo and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen to join together to make a collaborative studio. The idea was to incorporate architecture and landscape architecture into one design process. The studio was placed above a “brown” beer hall in Storgata in Oslo where they used to hang out. The beer hall is called "Dovrehallen" which means the "Dovre’s Hall". Dovrefjell is the mountain area where Snøhetta is the highest peak. The collaborative took the name Snøhetta arkitektur landskap.

Early in 1989 a convergence of events occurred. Kjetil Thorsen in Norway and Craig Dykers in Los Angeles had independently discussed working on the Egyptian Library of Alexandria Competition together with their mutual colleague Christoph Kapeller from Austria, who was now living in Los Angeles. By the summer of 1989 Snøhetta registered for participation in the design competition.

In the late summer of 1989 the team completed its self-made composition and a larger group of people came together to complete the competition in Los Angeles. The full team included from Norway the architect Øyvind Mo of Snøhetta and his friend Per Morten Josefson, along with Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, and from Los Angeles the team included architects Craig Dykers and Christoph Kapeller. In addition the architect Vanko Varbanov from LA joined the team to assist in the work. The team also worked with the artist Jorunn Sannes from Norway who took on the task of the expression of the outer stone wall. The team also included the art historian Cordula Mohr to help with the text describing the project. Within a period of five weeks the group completed and delivered the competition, and won.

Toward the end of 1989 the Alexandria team and the team in Oslo, at this time also including the architect Martin Roubik, joined together in Oslo and the entire group moved into the office space above Dovrehallen. This group then agreed to form a new shareholding company called Snøhetta arkitektur landskap AS with eight equal partners.

Snohetta designed a model building with Lego's Architecture Studio pieces in a Wired (magazine) project in 2013.[6] In 2014, Snøhetta won a design competition alongside fellow Oslo-based studio Metric to design new banknotes for Norway's Norges Bank, featuring pixellated images of the Norwegian coastline variously distorted according to their denomination. The banknotes are expected to enter circulation in 2017.[7]

Links with education[edit]

Craig Dykers was invited to lecture at The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and The Built Environment in Aberdeen, Scotland; where he was a visiting lecturer at the 5710 Lecture Series of 2002/3.[8]

Major publications[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.[9]

Notable works[edit]

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre


  1. ^ "Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2004". Architecture & Urbanism Magazine. Autumn/Winter 2005 (78/79).
  2. ^ "European Union Prize - Jury Proceedings". Retrieved 16 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Hannema, Kirsten (1 May 2010). "European Prize for Urban Public Space". A10. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ The International Architecture Awards Archive 2010 (PDF). Chicago: The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. 2010. p. 75. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Global Award for Sustainable Architecture - Winners by Years". Locus Foundation. Retrieved 16 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Vanhemert, Kyle (2013-10-30). "We Asked Three World-Class Architects to Go Crazy With Legos". Wired. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Norway's New Banknotes are Influenced by Nautical Themes". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  8. ^ 5710 Society and Lecture Series Archived 2011-05-18 at the Wayback Machine 2002-2003 lecture series (1 November 2002)
  9. ^ Fløgstad, Kjartan (2004). SNØHETTA Hus som vil meg hysa. Oslo, Norway: Samlaget. ISBN 9788252161083.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ John King (2010-07-21). "Snøhetta to design SFMOMA's vast new wing". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Lascaux IV International Centre for Cave Art". official website. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  13. ^ "Lascaux IV: The International Centre for Cave Art". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  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". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
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