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The international recognition Snøhetta has received is unique in a Norwegian context. The firm has achieved this position primarily by winning two open, international competitions with hundreds of participants from all over the world. The new Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Oslo's new Opera House have become landmarks in their respective countries.
Snøhetta was established in Oslo in 1989 after winning the competition for the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In 2004, it won the competition for the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion and set up an office in New York. Today, Snøhetta has 140 employees from 20 nations, with a balanced mix of gender and age. Snøhetta is a shareholding company and is owned by the principals Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.
During the last 24 years Snøhetta has won several competitions for major design projects, particularly for cultural buildings. Currently it is undertaking more than 50 projects in six continents. Snøhetta has received a number of awards, including the Aga Khan Award 2004 for Architecture, the World Architecture Award for Culture 2008, the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 and the World Architecture Festival Award Category Winner in 2011.
This exhibition presents Snøhetta's architecture to a broader public around the world. The 20 selected projects are innovative and challenging, and international with Norwegian roots. They have been created in Oslo and New York by an international team of architects, landscape architects, interior architects and industrial designers in close cooperation with people from a wide range of other professions and backgrounds.
The exhibition has been commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and produced by Norway's National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in close collaboration with Snøhetta, Askim/Lantto Architects (exhibition design) and Bleed (graphic design).
We have sought to reflect the true spirit of Snøhetta, and we hope this exhibition will inspire stimulating discussions and raise interesting new questions about architecture.
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