Elaine Molinar joined founding partner Craig Dykers at Snøhetta's very beginning, when they won their first competition for the Alexandria Library in 1989. Since then, the firm has grown true to its mountainous namesake, expanding to four offices worldwide and winning pivotal cultural projects in architecture and design, among them the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, SFMOMA's expansion, the entrance pavilion at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, and Norway's new banknotes.
They both joined me on One-to-One to talk about their future hopes for the firm, Snøhetta's office culture, and their advice for working with your significant other (they've been a couple since the firm began).
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Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Craig Edward Dykers transform cities by creating buildings with a sense of wide-open possibility. A film by MediaStorm (Full Version)
"Just look at people...," says Craig Dykers. "Getting to know their faces helps you understand who you're making things for." Nordic architectural firm Snøhetta has over the last 25 years been designing some of the world's most noteworthy public and cultural projects including thought-provoking installations and treetop bedrooms. Speaking at the Design Indaba Conference 2017, co-founder Craig Dykers attributed the firm's success to a non-linear outlook on what he called the design of habitat.
Guest speaker Michelle Delk shares her insight on being the Director of Landscape Architecture at Snøhetta and how landscape design and architecture integrate within projects.
Martin Gran stresses how Snøhetta is structured to be a collaborative, multidisciplinary and non-hierarchical workplace. The active participation of clients is essential—the design process begins only after wide-ranging discussions. Gran discusses several Snøhetta projects, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, a new visual identity for Kristiana University College, the Living the Nordic Light project, a redesign of Norwegian currency, a series of exhibits at the Munch Museum, and a proposal for Obama’s presidential library.