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Snøhetta Lecture 2018

Snøhetta is an internationally operating architecture and brand design firm consisting of architects,landscape architects, interior architects, graphic designers, researchers and artists. Founded in 1989, Snøhetta’s first commission in the same year was a cultural building garnered from an international competition. The reimagining of the great Alexandria Library in Egypt was the office’s seminal work and was followed a decade later by the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, another international competition whose completion also received numerous prestigious international awards.

Since 1989, Snøhetta has established itself as a world famous practice of urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and brand design. Operating in 7 cities in 6 countries, the practice currently employs over 180 staff members of 30 different nationalities.


In 2004 the company received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and in 2009 it was honoured with the Mies van der Rohe Award. The World Architecture Award, best Cultural Building 2009, and European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2010 were received for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

In 2011 Snøhetta received the Gold Award for Visual Identity for the new brand identity of DNB. In the same year the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion was awarded the World Architecture Festival Award as well as the ArchDaily award for Building of the Year 2011. In 2015 the Plus House Larvik obtained the WAN Sustainable Buildings Award.

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