Snøhetta - World Architecture

The summer of 2015 the Danish Architecture Centre were welcoming Snøhetta to Copenhagen. Snøhetta is a mountain in Norway - and the most talked-about architecture firm in Scandinavia.

Exhibition Period 19 June 2015 - 27 September 2015
Show on map Location Danish Architecture Centre


Oslo Opera by Snøhetta, Nowaye. Photo: Christopher Hagelund,


Their most famous building is the iceberg-like Oslo Opera House located in the downtown area of the city, but they are worth getting to know for lots of other reasons. Their holistic and social democratic approach to architecture resonates in Seoul, New York and Copenhagen.

The story about Snøhetta

Snøhetta was founded in the 1980s, when a group of both building and landscape architects joined forces to form a community that embraced their two fields and created cohesion between buildings and landscapes. From the beginning, Snøhetta was based on the collective, and contrary to many other architecture firms, it is not named after its founder. The name is inspired by the location of the apartment where Snøhetta was founded. It was located upstairs from a bar called Dovrehallen, and since Dovre is a mountain range in Norway where the tallest mountain is named Snøhetta, it was an easy choice to make.

Oslo Opera House

Snøhetta is known primarily for building the Oslo Opera House which is quite characteristic for their work. It connects architecture with the landscape and nature that surrounds it, and it is democratic in its expression, having opened up the opera house to a new audience who come here to spend time on the big roof overlooking the fiord.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion, San Francisco. Photo: Snøhetta

The firm also did the addition to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as the urban space renewal of Times Square in New York, and they designed the new Norwegian bank notes and a cultural center in Saudi Arabia called the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture. Furthermore, their first project in Denmark were an addition to the art museum of Ordrupgaard north of Copenhagen.

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King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi-Arabia.  Photo: Snøhetta


The exhibition was supported by Realdania. 
The exhibition was developed by The Danish Architecture Centre in collaboration with Snøhetta.



Pictures from the exhibition

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>> Read more about Snøhetta on their website

>> Watch video Tine Hegli from Snøhetta


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Snohetta-Kjetil-Craig.jpgSnøhetta is an award-winning international Oslo- and New York-based architecture firm. The photo portrays Graig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. Photo: Snøhetta.

>> Read more about Snøhetta and their projects



sfmoma_SanFran.jpgThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Illustration: SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial; image courtesy Snøhetta.  

>> Read more about SFMOMA




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Snøhetta has alos designes the Karmøy Fishing Museum in Norway.
Photo: Jiri Havran.

>> Read more about the Karmøy Fishing Museum


memorial_pavilion_2_NY.jpgSnøhetta was chosen to design the only building on the memoril grounds for 9/11 in New York. Photo: Snøhetta.

>> Read more about the WTC Pavillion




Snøhetta is behind the design of the Oslo Opera House.
Photo: Statsbygg.

>> Read more about the Oslo Opera House 


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Last updated Friday, August 05, 2016