The Snøhetta studio was founded in Oslo in1989 by Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen; today it has a staff of over a hundred from 17 different countries located in two offices, one in the Norwegian capital and the other in New York. Snøhetta’s work is based on an interdisciplinary, experimental approach and a democratic philosophy, which inspires smooth, multi-faceted work in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.
Major stone buildings, such as the Alexandria Library in Egypt (2002) and the Oslo Opera House (2008), have brought the studio international critical acclaim. Snøhetta’s work covers a broad spectrum: cultural and educational buildings, offices and institutions, public spaces, reception and commercial facilities, temporary structures. A particularly important area is museum design, on which the studio has worked continuously since the 1990s; for example the Winter Olympics Museum in Lillehammer (1994), the Karmøy fishing museum (1998), or the Petter Dass Museum in Alstahaug (2007).
The main projects currently under construction are the September 11 Memorial and the urban refurbishment around Times Square in New York; the Hunt Library in Raleigh; the King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Dhahran; the Ras Al Khaimah Gateway Project; the extension to the SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Snøhetta is the only studio to have twice won the World Architecture Award for the Best Cultural Building: in 2002 for the Alexandria Library and in 2008 for the Oslo Opera House. In addition in 2004, the studio received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and in 2009 the Mies van der Rohe prize.
The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the Snøhetta’s website www.snohetta.com