Snøhetta installs curved Best Weapon bench to encourage conversations at UN Headquarters

Architecture firm Snøhetta has installed a smile-shaped aluminium bench at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to promote “a message of peace and conflict resolution.” Currently on display outside of the UN Headquarters in New York, The Best Weapon is a six-and-a-half meter-long seat that Snøhetta created for the Nobel Peace Center. Its name […]

Snøhetta designs Temple University’s Charles Library with “unusual geometry”

Curved wooden entrances are carved into this university library that Snøhetta has completed for Temple University in Philadelphia. The four-storey Charles Library in North Philadelphia is sited in the heart of the university’s campus, with the business school to the south and the science and engineering buildings east. Rectangular in plan, the library building measures […]

Snøhetta designs bench for Nobel Peace Centre that brings people together

A bench designed by architecture firm Snøhetta for the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo is shaped like a partial circle to encourage people to sit closer together and start conversations. The project is described as a “peace bench” and is titled The Best Weapon, in reference to Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, “The best weapon is […]

Snøhetta cantilevers viewpoint from mountain overlooking Innsbruck

A cantilevered viewing platform is one of 10 architectural elements made from weathering steel that Snøhetta has created for the Perspektivenweg walking trail in the Austrian Alps. Snøhetta designed the series of architectural interventions for a walking trail in the Nordkette mountain range above the town of Innsbruck, Austria. Named Perspektivenweg, which translates as Path of Perspectives, the […]

Snøhetta reveals masterplan for 1960s Blaisdell Center in Honolulu

Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled a plans to renovate and extend a mid-century arts and performance complex in Honolulu, Hawaii. Snøhetta designed the plan for the Neal S Blaisdell Center, a 22-acre (nine-hectare) complex on the island of Oahu. Constructed in 1964 as a living memorial for Hawaii’s veterans and war heroes, today the centre […]

Architects including Snøhetta and Rapt Studio hack Hem’s Last Stool for LA-Más charity raffle

Snøhetta, Rapt Studio and Kelly Wearstler are among eight architecture and design studios that have redesigned Max Lamb’s Last Stool for Swedish furniture brand Hem to raise funds for affordable housing in Los Angeles. The hacked versions of the British designer‘s stool, including designs by ETC.etera, Oliver M Furth and wHY Objects, were raffled off […]

Snøhetta designs both online and physical spaces for Norwegian fashion label Holzweiler

Snøhetta has designed both physical and digital retail spaces for Oslo-based fashion label Holzweiler, featuring a muted colour palette and gridded elements. Holzweiler was keen to offer its customers a similar retail experience both online and in store, so asked Snøhetta to design a showroom and flagship store, but also to create a website to […]

Snøhetta to build Shanghai Grand Opera House with spiral staircase roof

Snøhetta has revealed visuals for a major new opera house in Shanghai, featuring a spiralling stepped roof that will connect the upper levels of the building with a riverside plaza. The architecture and design firm, which was founded in Norway, teamed up with Chinese studio ECADI on its competition-winning design for the Shanghai Grand Opera House. Set to be […]

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