The Wall Street Journal has named Snøhetta their “Architecture Innovator of the Year” for 2016. Founded by 55-year-old American Craig Dykers and 58-year-old Norwegian Kjetil Trædal, Snøhetta rose to prominence with their competition-winning designs for the 20th-century successor to the lost wonder of the ancient world, the Library of Alexandria, and the National Norwegian Opera House in Oslo.
The firm was lauded by the WSJ for their landscape-based approach to architecture and their ability to create buildings that function as natural extensions of their contexts.
“The way Snøhetta practices architecture is remarkably intuitive,” said Wall Street Journal writer Ian Volner. “They don’t go looking for dragons to slay; they just do their thing, and the dragons fall.”
Coinciding with Snøhetta’s nomination, WSJ has published a comprehensive article discussing the firm’s origins and design approach, featuring quotes from the founders. Read the full piece, here.
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