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Snøhetta is a place that nobody is from, but anyone can go to.

Snøhetta (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsnøːˌhɛtɑ]) began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception.

Our work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made. Museums, markets, reindeer observatories, landscapes and dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose.

Today, Snøhetta has grown to become an internationally renowned practice of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and brand design, with more than 180 employees from 30 different nations.

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In 1989, Snøhetta received its first commission to re-conceive the great Alexandria Library in Egypt after winning an international design competition. This was followed a decade later by another competition-winning proposal for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. 

In 2004, Snøhetta was commissioned to build the only cultural building on the World Trade Center Memorial site, and a permanent office was then set up in New York. In 2013, following the commission to design the new SFMOMA Expansion, Snøhetta launched its San Francisco studio.

Today, we continue to grow around the world with offices in Innsbruck, Stockholm, and Adelaide.

A definite relationship between multiple disciplines is a driving force in all of Snøhetta’s work. This is demonstrated through the company’s long history, where landscape and architecture work together without division, from the earliest stage possible. 

We place experience at the center of our design process, for a design that engages the senses and physicality of the body while fostering social interaction. This allows our design to promote both individual and collective empowerment in the communities where work.

Snøhetta is currently involved in numerous projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Working globally gives each designer valuable cultural and economic insight and creates the foundation of Snøhetta’s continuously evolving professional knowledge base.

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Selected Awards

Year
Award
Project
2004

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

2009

Mies van der Rohe Award

2011

World Architecture Festival, Display

2013

AIA/ALA Library Building Award

2014

MIPIM Award, Best Future Project

2015

WAN Sustainable Building 2015 Award

2015

WIN Interior Practice of the Year

2015

Red Dot Award, Communication Design 

2016

Award for Design Excellence 2016, DOGA

2016

AIA/ALA Library Building Award

2008

Statens Byggeskikkpris

2009

World Architecture Award, Best Cultural Building

2010

European Prize for Public Space

2010

Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

2010

Marble Architectural Awards (MAA) 2010

2010

International Architecture Awards, Chicago Athenaeum

2011

Fiatech CETI Award, Intelligent & Automated Construction Site Category

2011

Maurio Pani Award

2011

Global Trade Award

2011

Canadian Architects Award of Excellence

2011

Archdaily Building of the Year

2012

Grosch Award

2012

Gullblyanten, Gold for Visual Identity

2012

WAN Transport Award

2012

AIA New York: Citation for Design

2012

Achieved Landmark Status for Historic Preservaton

2012

Honor Award: Toledo Chapter for AIA Design Awards

2013

Aberdeen Civil Society Award

2013

NYC Public Design Commission, Design Excellence 

2013

Sir Walter Raleigh Award

2013

AIA Dallas Honor Award

2013

Action Maverick Award

2014

Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL)

2014

IIDA/ALA Library Design Awards: Best in Category

2014

Kasper Salin Prize 2014, Swedish Association of Architects

2014

Byråprofil: Best Design Agency of the Year

2015

Grafill: Most Beautiful Book of the Year

2015

Visuelt: Gold Reports, catalogs, brochures

2015

Design Excellence Award, Ontario Association of Architects

2015

Best Interior, Designers Saturday

2015

Award for Design Excellence 2015, DOGA

2016

AIA New York Honor Award

2016

ULI New York Excellence in Institutional Development