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Snøhetta: Continuous state of reinvention

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The Architects Series – A documentary on: Snøhetta is the 26th instalment of this online event organized by THE PLAN magazine for Iris Ceramica Group. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30 pm (CET) / 5:30 pm (UK GMT) / 12:30 pm (US EST) and will include the screening of a 30-minute video documentary followed by a lecture by studio co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. Participants will need to register on the Iris Ceramica Group website. The webinar will be streamed live from the Iris Ceramica Group’s flagship store in Milan.

For over 30 years, Snøhetta has been designing some of the most important public and cultural buildings in the world. The studio began life in 1989 with the winning design in the competition for a new library in Alexandria, Egypt. This project was followed by many others, including a commission for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York.

The studio has remained true to its original interdisciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape, interior, product, graphic, and digital design as well as art across its projects.

The firm has offices in Oslo, Paris, Innsbruck, Adelaide, Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco. Snøhetta is currently working on a broad range of international projects, including 550 Madison Garden and Revitalization in New York, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota, the Shanghai Grand Opera House, Beijing Sub-Center Library, Esbjerg Maritime Center in Denmark, and the Stegasteiner in Brønnøysund for Norwegian Scenic Routes. The studio’s recently completed projects include the expansion of the Ordrupgaard Art Museum in Denmark; the Executive Education Center and the Cornell University hotel in New York; the headquarters of Le Monde Group in Paris; Under, the first underwater restaurant in Europe; the Times Square reconstruction; the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; Lascaux IV: the International Center for Rock Art; Powerhouse Brattørkaia; and the design of Norway’s new banknotes.

Snøhetta’s working method simultaneously explores traditional handicrafts and cutting-edge digital technology. At the heart of all the practice’s work is its commitment to social and environmental sustainability so as to shape the built environment and products for the benefit of humanity.

Among a string of awards, Snøhetta has received the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Prize for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture for Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In 2016, Snøhetta was named WSJ Magazine Architecture Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. For two consecutive years, the firm was named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company. In 2020, the studio was the recipient of the National Design Award for Architecture by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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