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Snøhetta – A Norwegian Firm Defining The Design Scene

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Snøhetta began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception. Created by architects Graig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is based in Oslo since 1986.

Over its 30 years in business, the firm has taken on many projects, from the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo to kitchen renovations at the famous restaurant French Laundry.

Snøhetta is a Norwegian architecture firm that is a symbol of Scandinavian architecture and minimalism. Keep reading to find out more about this firm and some of its best projects.

Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Snøhetta is a prize-winning design. The jury as having strongly identifiable themes that tie the building to its culture and place.  At the same time, present an unusual and unique expression that was in many ways new and innovative.

Snøhetta - A Norwegian Firm Defining The Design Scene

Ocean Space Centre

Set to be one of the world’s most advanced facilities for ocean research and education, the Ocean Space Centre aims to contribute to the development and restructuring of the maritime industry locally, nationally and globally.

A Norwegian Firm Defining The Design Scene

Tverrfjellhytta, Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion

The building design is based on a contrast between ideas – a rigid outer shell and a soft, organic inner core.  The wooden core is shaped like rock or ice that has been eroded by natural forces like wind and running water and is placed within a rectangular frame of raw steel and glass.

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Snøhetta - A Norwegian Firm Defining The Design Scene

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is built on a magnificent site alongside Alexandria’s ancient harbor in the historic center of the city. The design of the new library is both timeless and bold. Its vast circular form alongside the circular Alexandrian harbor recalls the cyclical nature of knowledge, fluid throughout time. Its glistening, tilting roof recalls the ancient Alexandrian lighthouse and provides the city with a new cultural symbol.

A Norwegian Firm Defining The Design Scene

Holzweiler Platz

Drawing inspiration from the immediate surroundings, the element of water is central to the design of Holzweiler Platz. As well as being a symbol of life, energy and hope, water as an element unifies people and places located afar from each other.

Snøhetta - A Norwegian Firm Defining The Design Scene

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