Snøhetta to renovate historic Detroit station for Ford innovation centre

Architecture firm Snøhetta plans to transform Detroit’s Michigan Central Station into a research hub for car company Ford, with proposals for a “collaborative ecosystem” of professionals to develop self-driving vehicles. The Corktown Campus project will involve the overhaul of the historic building, which has been in disrepair for 30 years since Amtrak last used the

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Snøhetta to design Norwegian planetarium surrounded by a constellation of cabins

The golden cupola of Snøhetta’s planetarium will be orbited by seven “interstellar cabins” as part of Norway’s largest astronomical facility. Architecture studio Snøhetta has unveiled designs for the Solobservatoriet, which is to be built on the site of a current observatory. The Tycho Brahe Instituttet, named after the 16th century Danish scientist who founded modern

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Snøhetta and Local Studio build tribute arch to Desmond Tutu in Cape Town

Architecture firms Snøhetta and Local Studio celebrate South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu with this monumental arch, which was unveiled in downtown Cape Town during this year’s Design Indaba. Called Arch for Arch, the memorial structure was created to commemorate the tireless efforts of Tutu – the nation’s first black archbishop – in campaigning for democracy in

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Snøhetta revamps The French Laundry restaurant with fritted glass extension

Design studio Snøhetta has expanded a Michelin-star restaurant in California’s Napa Valley with a glazed annex, and renovated its kitchen and grassy courtyard. Snøhetta redesigned The French Laundry in collaboration with San Francisco firm Envelope A+D, and chef Thomas Keller – who has earned three stars for the eatery from the Michelin Guide to the world’s

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Snøhetta unveils plans for “energy-positive” Arctic Circle hotel

Snøhetta has revealed plans for a sustainable ring-shaped hotel, that will be nestled at the base of Norway’s Almlifjellet mountain, within the Artic Circle. The architecture firm claims that Svart Hotel, which takes its name from the nearby Svartisen glacier, will be energy-positive – meaning it will produce more energy than it consumes. While consumption rates

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Snøhetta’s Muttrah Fish Market features slatted canopy inspired by Arabic calligraphy

A sweeping canopy made from angled aluminium fins helps to shade terraces and the concrete-walled halls of this fish market designed by Snøhetta for the city of Muttrah in Oman. The building is located close to the Muttrah’s original fish market, which was built in 1960, and was created by Snøhetta to provide a more

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Snøhetta unveils “chiseled” New York tower with bronze details

Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed a residential skyscraper for Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which will feature an angular terrace cut into its side. Close to Lincoln Center and Central Park, the tower at 50 West 66th Street will feature several slices up its form, as it narrows in stages from base to top. “The design

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Architects protest AT&T Building plans with “Hands off my Johnson” placards

Architects and preservationists including Robert AM Stern were among those protesting Snøhetta’s plans for Philip Johnson’s postmodern AT&T Building in New York today. A small crowd attended a planned protest at the base of the Midtown Manhattan skyscraper this afternoon, carrying signs that read “Hands off my Johnson”, “Granite is great” and “Save AT&T”. Reporters

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Snøhetta proposal for Philip Johnson’s AT&T skyscraper triggers outcry

Several campaigns and protests have been organised to prevent Snøhetta’s overhaul of Philip Johnson’s postmodern AT&T Building in New York, which has been described as “vandalism” by Guardian critic Olly Wainwright. Two online petitions – launched by filmmaker Nathan Eddy and Swiss journal Archithese – are campaigning against Snøhetta’s recently unveiled plans for 550 Madison, formerly the

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Snøhetta reimagines New York’s postmodern icon 550 Madison

Architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed its plans to overhaul the New York skyscraper designed in the postmodern style by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, which involve replacing the street frontage but retaining its recognisable classical pediment. The 647-foot (197-metre) tower at 550 Madison – formerly known as the AT&T Building and then the Sony Tower

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Snøhetta unveils plans for “Europe’s first underwater restaurant”

Architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed plans to build a restaurant in southern Norway that will be partly submerged in the sea to give diners a glimpse below the waves.  Described by the Oslo- and New York-based firm as “Europe’s first underwater restaurant”, the building will comprise a rugged concrete box with half of its body

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Snøhetta makes every interior surface a canvas in new £100-million arts school in Bergen

Students at this new Snøhetta-designed Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen are invited to use the inner walls as a canvas for their work. The Norwegian architecture firm won a competition to design the faculty in 2005 and completed it earlier this year. The students have just moved in to their new space in

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Snøhetta set to overhaul former paper mill to offer views of Oregon waterfall

Snøhetta has unveiled its plans to transform an abandoned paper mill blocking a view of Oregon City’s Willamette Falls and waterfront into a cultural complex looped by an elevated pathway. Located on the Willamette River, The Riverwalk will open up views of Willamette Falls – North America’s second largest waterfall in volume – that haven’t been accessible for 150 years.

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Snøhetta’s Harvard HouseZero aims to “solve one of the world’s biggest energy problems”

Harvard University, Snøhetta and Skanska Technology have teamed up to retrofit an old house, demonstrating how existing buildings can be made more energy efficient to help address climate change. Dubbed Harvard HouseZero, the project calls for transforming the Cambridge, Massachusetts, headquarters of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which was founded in 2014 by

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Snøhetta’s prefab Gapahuk cabin references a traditional Norwegian mountain shelter

Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled a prefabricated cabin with a twisted roof that offers protection in harsh weather conditions. Called Gapahuk, Snøhetta designed the prefab cabin for Rindalshytter, a Norwegian producer of leisure homes. The cabin is designed to be adaptable to various locations and weather conditions. The roof folds down lower on one side to offer protection from strong

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Snøhetta’s Times Square transformation officially opens

Architecture firm Snøhetta has completed its redesign of New York’s Times Square, almost doubling the pedestrian areas at the busiest place in the US. Officially opening today, the project involved the urban reconfiguration and landscaping of 5.18 acres (2.1 hectares) at the “bowtie”-shaped intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Home to many

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New photographs reveal Snøhetta’s Lascaux IV Caves Museum in southern France

These photographs capture the jagged roofline of the museum that Snøhetta has designed at the Lascaux Caves in France, to frame a huge replica of some of the world’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings. Snøhetta worked with local firm Duncan Lewis and exhibition designers Casson Mann to create the tourist attraction, which opened at the end of 2016. Finishing touches have now been completed

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Snøhetta designs terraced stone entrances for Norway’s huge Stad Ship Tunnel

Snøhetta has designed a pair of grand stone arches for the entrance points of a 1.7-kilometre shipping tunnel, which will cut through a peninsula to bypass a particularly dangerous stretch of Norway’s coast. The 37-metre-high and 36-metre-wide Stad Ship Tunnel will pass through the narrowest part of the weather-beaten Stad peninsula between Kjødepollen and Moldefjorden. Snøhetta designed a set of

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Snøhetta presents memorial arch to Desmond Tutu at Design Indaba

Snøhetta has revealed a prototype of an arch in honour of South African social-rights activist Desmond Tutu, which will be built near the National Parliament in Cape Town. Developed as a partnership between Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta and Johannesburg office Local Studio, the Memorial Arch was unveiled during the finale of the Design Indaba 2017 conference in Cape Town.

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Holl, Libeskind and Snøhetta strongly condemn Trump’s travel restrictions

Steven Holl has called for the impeachment of Donald Trump, while Daniel Libeskind has described the US president’s recently imposed travel restrictions as “an affront to our freedom and core values”. Both of the prominent American architects sent statements to Dezeen, in the wake of the restrictions Trump put in place for citizens from seven

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Snøhetta designs “potentially world-changing office building” for small Norwegian town

Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled plans for a faceted office building in Norway, set to become the first in the country to produce more energy than it consumes. Described by the design team as a “potentially world-changing office building”, Powerhouse Telemark is expected to become a pioneer in sustainable energy use and a landmark for the small

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Snøhetta adds treetop cabin with stargazing net to Sweden’s Treehotel

Snøhetta has completed a treetop cabin for the Treehotel in northern Sweden, featuring charred-timber cladding and a suspended net for observing the Northern Lights. Set 10 metres above the forest floor in the crown of a tall pine tree and supported by 12 columns, The 7th Room provides views out over Swedish Lapland, to the Lule River and of

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Snøhetta adds crinkled stainless-steel extension to 1960s museum in Norway

Snøhetta has extended the Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema in Norway with a cantilevering cube covered in a layer of crinkled and polished stainless steel. The extension is the second addition Snøhetta has created for the Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehamer Cinema, having previously created an exhibition space for the 1960s building by Norwegian architect Erling Viksjø 22 years ago. The firm’s new

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Snøhetta unveils visitor centre for world-famous Lascaux cave paintings

A major new building by architecture firm Snøhetta has opened in the south of France, framing a huge replica of one of the world’s most important examples of prehistoric cave art. Called Lascaux IV, the new visitor complex recreates the appearance and atmosphere of the caves in Montignac where the 20,000-year-old Lascaux paintings are located, but which have been

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Snøhetta’s King Abdelaziz Center for World Culture nears completion

New photographs reveal the pebble-shaped forms of Snøhetta’s cultural centre in Saudi Arabia, which is nearing completion ahead of its slated opening date in 2017. Snøhetta won a competition for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in the city of Dhahran in 2007, and began construction the following year. Designed for the Saudi oil company Aramco, the cultural centre

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Snøhetta’s charred-timber treehouse is the next addition to Sweden’s Treehotel

This charred-timber cabin by Snøhetta will be raised 10 metres above the forest floor and feature a “stargazing net” to allow guests to watch out for the Northern Lights. The cabin is the latest addition to Treehotel, a boutique hotel located in a pine forest in Swedish Lapland. Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta

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Timelapse movie tours Snøhetta’s Reindeer Observation Pavilion in Norway

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva explores the undulating wooden form of the Snøhetta-designed Reindeer Observation Pavilion and its setting in Norway’s Dovre Mountains. Completed in late 2011, the pavilion is a glass-fronted steel box. But inside, its features a rippled timber core constructed by Norwegian shipbuilders to match the surrounding topography. Visitors to the pavilion More

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BIG, MVRDV and Snøhetta unveil competing designs for San Pellegrino headquarters

Architecture studios BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta and Architetto Michele De Lucchi have all unveiled proposals for the new San Pellegrino Flagship Factory in northern Italy (+ slideshow). The four firms were shortlisted to design a new home for the Italian soft drinks company San Pellegrino in July 2016. But their proposals have just been revealed, ahead of a winner being announced later this More

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Snøhetta designs Beirut bank featuring chequerboard walls and rooftop gardens

Snøhetta has won a competition to design the headquarters of Banque Libano Francaise in Beirut, the firm’s first project in Lebanon. Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta was selected for the project with a design for a high-rise block with chequerboard-patterned facades. The building will also feature plant-covered terraces carved into the roof and walls. The terraces will provide staff at the More

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Snøhetta’s Kjetil Trædal Thorsen urges architects to work in the “non-free world”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: architects need to work in non-democratic countries to help improve conditions for the people that live there, says Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. Hitting back at critics of Snøhetta’s work in Saudi Arabia, Thorsen claims that architects have a responsibility to countries with authoritarian regimes, to push them to move forward politically. “We have to work in the world that More

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Critics compare Snøhetta’s SFMOMA extension to a “gigantic meringue” and a “cruise ship”

Critics have had mixed reactions to the Snøhetta-designed extension of Mario Botta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with descriptions ranging from a “good citizen” to a “baked alaska slumped on the skyline”. Now with almost triple the amount of gallery space, the museum welcomed back the public on 14 May 2016 after a three-year renovation More

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“We could never recreate Mario Botta’s SFMOMA” says extension architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

Interview: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens this month with a Snøhetta-designed extension to its original Mario Botta building. In this interview, Snøhetta partner Craig Dykers explains how he tried not to step on the toes of Botta’s Postmodern structure. The Norwegian firm’s addition almost triples the amount of gallery space at SFMOMA, which More

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SFMOMA reopens with Snøhetta extension that triples its gallery space

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is reopening after three years of renovation, including an extension by architecture firm Snøhetta that piggybacks on the original Mario Botta-designed building (+ slideshow). Snøhetta’s striated addition sits behind the Postmodern building completed by Botta in 1995, giving nearly three times more gallery space to the museum. The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 More

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Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion “looked like a spinning top”

Movie: Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones discusses the spinning top-shaped pavilion designed by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen in 2007 in the next instalment from our exclusive video series. Danish-Icelandic artist Eliasson and Norwegian architect Thorsen of Snøhetta collaborated to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2007. “It’s the only time an artist has been More

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Snøhetta unveils design for Temple University library in Philadelphia

Architecture firm Snøhetta has released images of a new library it has designed for a Philadelphia university, stating that it aims to challenge the “traditional typology of the research library” (+ slideshow). The building – designed in collaboration with engineering firm Stantec – will be located on the campus of Temple University, a research-focused institution More

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Fritted glass creates patterned facade for Ryerson University student centre by Snøhetta

Snøhetta has completed a student centre for Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, featuring chamfered edges and a patterned glass facade (+ slideshow). Encompassing 14,200 square metres and rising eight levels, the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is a prominent addition to Ryerson University’s urban campus. The university, founded in 1948, has 38,000 students and is known for […]

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Snøhetta’s new building for SFMOMA nears completion

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has released the first images of Snøhetta’s near-complete extension building showing its striated facade and atrium. The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 square metres) addition sits behind the institution’s Postmodern Mario Botta-designed home and will more than double the museum’s footprint. The new building’s distinctive facade is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels punctuated by horizontal band […]

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A Tilted Sustainable House By Snøhetta

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta worked with The Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings to design a sleek and…

Snøhetta wins competition for cable car and Alpine viewing platform in Italy

Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed a pair of ring-shaped platforms linked by a cable car, which will offer expansive views of the Alps to residents and visitors in Bolzano, Italy. The cable car will scale the Virgolo cliff in the foothills of the Alps, reestablishing a link that was broken when the town’s previous cable […]

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Snøhetta reveals design for Portland’s first city market since 1942

Snøhetta has unveiled plans to build the first official market building in Portland, Oregon, for over 70 years. The architecture and design studio – which has offices in New York and Oslo – will lead the design team for the community-funded James Beard Public Market, a new year-round food market for the American city. It will be Portland’s first permanent market since […]

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Snøhetta team to design river walk next to America’s second largest waterfall

Architecture and landscape firm Snøhetta has been appointed to develop plans for a new public access route along Willamette Falls in Oregon, the second largest waterfall in the US (+ slideshow). Snøhetta will lead a design team including Portland-based landscape studio Mayer/Reed and architecture and engineering firm Dialog on the Willamette Falls Riverwalk, which will repurpose an abandoned paper mill […]

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Snøhetta designs new buildings for reopening of Swarovski’s crystal theme park

Architecture firm Snøhetta has designed a series of new structures including a glass play tower with a faceted facade, as part of an expansion to the Swarovski Kristallwelten attraction in Austria (+ slideshow). Swarovski commissioned Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta, alongside S_O_S Architekten – a consortium of Austrian architects Hanno Schlögl, Johann Obermoser, and Daniel Süß – […]

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Snøhetta and SANAA share first place in Budapest museum contest

Norwegian firm Snøhetta and Japanese studio SANAA have been awarded joint first place in a competition to design one of the five new museums planned for Budapest’s City Park (+ slideshow). The two firms were both named winners of the contest to design the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, although only one will be built. […]

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Snøhetta designs a new kitchen for The French Laundry in Napa Valley

Snøhetta has unveiled plans to build a new kitchen for The French Laundry – a prestigious California restaurant that is often listed as one of the best in the world. The Oslo- and New York-based firm will rework the kitchen, facilities and garden of the restaurant, which for the last 20 years has been serving modern French-American cuisine […]

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Snøhetta commissioned for Le Monde headquarters in Paris

News: architecture firm Snøhetta has been named winner in a competition to design the new Paris headquarters for French newspaper Le Monde. Oslo- and New York-based Snøhetta will work with local studio SRA on the design, which comprises a contorted building that arches up in the centre to frame a new public plaza. The exterior will be clad with what is […]
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Hawaii unveils designs for Obama Presidential Centre bid

News: three international design teams, including architects Snøhetta and Allied Works, have developed designs for Hawaii’s bid to host Obama’s presidential library. The University of Hawaii commissioned three designs for its presentation in the battle to build the US President’s official library this month, having identified a beach site adjacent to the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. […]
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