Ever since its foundation, Norwegian practice Snøhetta has been proving that architecture can make a significant contribution to the fields of social and ecological sustainability. This exhibition uses individual projects, both in urban settings and in the Norwegian and alpine landscape, to outline both Snøhetta’s approach to design and the story of the firm’s development. Among the projects included are the timber building for ASI Reisen in Natters near Innsbruck; the Powerhouse Telemark in Norway, which produces more energy than it consumes over its life cycle; the Tungestølen mountain cabins in Norway; the naturally ventilated multi-storey building Gullhaug Torg in Oslo; the design for an extension to the University of Klagenfurt; the conversion of a former tobacco factory in Verona; and the new Zumtobel light forum in an old factory building in Dornbirn.
A variety of scales is presented – from object and product design to architecture and urbanism – which prove that high quality architecture and issues of sustainability do not represent a contradiction but that precisely this combination makes the projects effective in their design. In addition to realized buildings, projects currently in the planning stage can also be seen in the form of models, plans, drawings, visualizations, material samples and videos.
With this Changing Conditions exhibition, Snøhetta invites all visitors to immerse themselves in the office, the workshop and the “Snøhetta universe” to discover the connections between the people, the processes and the projects.