Architecture - Landscape - Interior (Snøhetta)

November 10, 2012 /

Museum of Finnish Architecture
Helsinki, Finland
On view: November 10, 2012 - November 25, 2012

Photo: Juho Haavisto/MFA

Snøhetta fosters a strong connection between the architecture and landscape, each site providing a unique opportunity and point of departure for the overall design.

The key tenets of Snøhetta's philosophy are sustainability, quality, social and environmental responsibility, ethical design, openness and transparency.

Photo: Juho Haavisto/MFA
Photo: Juho Haavisto/MFA
Photo: Juho Haavisto/MFA

Snøhetta's work ethic is grounded in Norwegian democratic traditions, embracing a belief in equality between team members. Each project is carried out as a collaborative effort from start to finish, with input from all parties from the client to the builder.
The exhibition is presented in several sections showcasing the firm and its work in videos, computer animations, 3D models, photographs, drawings and texts.

Five sections are devoted to five key projects: the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, the Ras Al-Khaimah Gateway Development, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, all presented with accompanying scale models.

Image courtesy Snøhetta National September 11 Memorial & Museum New York City
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Image courtesy Snøhetta King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
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Image courtesy Snøhetta Ras Al-Khaimah Gateway Development United Arab Emirates
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Photo: Jens Passoth
Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Oslo, Norway

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Photo: Gerald Zugmann
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Alexandria, Egypt

One section presents three museum buildings in Norway and the last highlights three of Snøhetta's art projects.
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Photo: Jiri Havran
Karmøy Fishing Museum Karmøj, Norway

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Photo: Åke E:son Lindman
Petter Dass Museum Alstahaug, Norway

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The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion  Tverrfjellet, Norway

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Photo: Gerry Johansson
Kivik Pavilion 2007  Kivik Art Centre Österlein, Sweden

The highlight of the exhibition is a touch-screen display providing fingertip access to data on 100 of Snøhetta's projects. Videos: Accompanying videos are screened in the small exhibition hall:The Desert Castle tells the story of the Ras Al-Khaimah Gateway and Building a Legend provides an introduction to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Next year will see the completion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Times Square reconstruction project, NYC, the Mutrah Fish Market and Wadi Bridge in Muscat, Oman, and Maggie's Cancer Visitor Center, Aberdeen, Scotland. The King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia will be completed in 2015 and the SFMOMA extension in San Francisco in 2016.

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Image courtesy Snøhetta Maggies Centre
Aberdeen, Scotland

Image courtesy Snøhetta
SFMOMA extension San Francisco, California

Snøhetta, founded in Oslo in 1989,  is a Norwegian architecture, landscape architecture and interior design office ranking among the top twenty most acclaimed architectural design firms in the world. With two offices, one based in Oslo and the other in New York, the firm employs a multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, interior architects and industrial designers. They also work in close collaboration with an external team of artists and engineers.

The exhibition was produced by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in close cooperation with Snøhetta.


Museum of Finnish Architecture
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

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