From Minimalist to Expressionist, How Snohetta Designs Differently

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There are a few names in architecture that seem to be everywhere you look, with each project more stunning and innovative than the last. One of those names is Snohetta, the international firm that specializes in everything from architecture, interiors, brand, and more. 

Founded in Oslo, Norway, in 1989, Snohetta has completed such notable works as the National September 11 Museum, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet house, and the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

Snohetta has more than 150 designers globally and is known for a style that blends the lines between hyper-realistic and deconstructivist modern. While the firm's style is fluid, one element is present in every project: a visual boldness that manages to morph nature and architecture into one. 

These five projects showcase how Snohetta designs differently, and leave us wondering what they will do next.


Wild Reindeer Pavilion

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From Minimalist to Expressionist, How Snohetta Designs Differently

Wild Reindeer Pavilion

Resting in a stunning national park that is home to wild reindeer is this pavilion designed by Snohetta. The building was formed from a contrasting idea of a "soft" inside made of organic sculptural wood and an exterior made of raw steel frame and glass. The structure is built as a lookout space where one can take in panoramic views while trying to catch a glimpse of the land's majestic creatures.

See more photos of Wild Reindeer Pavilion.


Lofoten Opera Hotel

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From Minimalist to Expressionist, How Snohetta Designs Differently

Lofoten Opera Hotel

The location for this 11,000-square-meter Norwegian hotel is nestled on the Lofoten archipelago and bordered by a mountain range and a stunning coastline. Snohetta began their work on Lofoten in 2010 and expect to complete the project in 2020, which will include a spa, amphitheater, seawater basin, and a massive hotel. 

See more photos of Lofoten Opera Hotel.


Tungestolen Tourist Cabin

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From Minimalist to Expressionist, How Snohetta Designs Differently

Tungestolen Tourist Cabin

Wooden cabins have a long established style, but Snohetta doesn't play by the rules. Their post-modern cabin village in Norway's Skyttarbudalen valley is constructed of irregularly shaped structures centered around a communal courtyard, designed to create a sense of community between the guests.

See more photos of Tungestolen Tourist Cabin.


Swarovski Kristallwelten

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From Minimalist to Expressionist, How Snohetta Designs Differently

Swarovski Kristallwelten

The Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) has been a popular Austrian tourist attraction since it opened in 1995, and underwent a modern makeover when Snohetta designed an expansion in 2015. The museum includes a 20-meter high play tower and a stunning crystal dome.

See more photos of Swarovski Kristallwelten.


Petter Dass Museum

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From Minimalist to Expressionist, How Snohetta Designs Differently

Petter Dass Museum

Snohetta's design for the museum honoring Petter Dass - one of Norway's most beloved poets - reacts to the challenges of a site-sensitive landscape. The museum provides unique sight lines of the stunning landscape while forging a symbiotic relationship with the outside environment.

See more photos of the Petter Dass Museum.


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