Snøhetta is an integrated architecture, landscape, and interior design company based in Oslo, Norway, and New York City, formed in 1989 and led by principals Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen. The firm, which is named after one of Norway's highest mountain peaks, has approximately 100 staff members working on projects around the world. The practice pursues a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach, with people from multiple professions working together to explore diverse perspectives on each project.
Snøhetta has completed a number of critically acclaimed cultural projects, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt; the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway; and the Lillehammer Art Museum in Norway. Current projects include the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York.
In 2004 Snøhetta received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and in 2009 the firm was honored with the Mies van der Rohe Award. Snøhetta is the only company to have twice won the World Architecture Award for best cultural building, in 2002 for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and in 2008 for the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo.
WERK comprises a dedicated team of planners, architects, and landscape architects. In a continuous interdisciplinary collaboration, we develop unique concepts and strong visions within urban planning, landscape architecture, urban space, and architecture – always with a strong focus on community and diversity. With a holistic take on all projects, we ensure coherence in the cities – both aesthetically, functionally, socially, and historically.
They take pride in solving planning, building and urban space tasks in complex and visionary contexts. In our eyes, the right design solution makes a significant difference for the people who use a place, whilst taking care of the climate.
They often work with projects that involve many actors and politically driven organizations. We always have great respect for the unique physical and cultural framework surrounding a project. As a result, the core of WERK’s approach is always close dialogue and good cooperation with all parties involved.