If you still haven’t heard of the architecture studio Snøhetta, it’s time you’ve learned the name. The studio’s epic modern buildings are popping up around the world, from Oslo to Shanghai, and they represent a perfect fusion between futuristic and classic architecture.
Founded by Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Christoph Kapeller, and Craig Edward Dykers, Snøhetta started operating from Norway before opening offices on several different continents. Some of their most notable early designs can still be found in Oslo, including the city’s imposing opera house.
One of Snøhetta’s strongest suits is its multidisciplinary approach. The studio defines itself as an integrated architecture, product design, and graphic design studio. Their main goal is to “enhance our sense of surroundings, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit” through each of their projects, ranging from large-scale buildings to observatories, landscapes, and commercial spaces.
As their rise through the ranks continues, Snøhetta expanded out of Norway’s borders and went to design breathtaking buildings across the globe. Some of their most notable projects now include Calgary Central Library in Canada, Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, El Paso Children’s Museum in Texas, and Shanghai Grand Opera House in China, set to open its doors in 2024.