AV Monografías 246: Snøhetta
From their seven studios around the world, Snøhetta has established itself as one of the key offices on a global scale. Without a predetermined language, their work efficiently and poetically addresses the demands of the different social, economic, and urban contexts it faces. This commitment to sustainability and to architecture as a profession is reflected in the selection of 21 recent works and projects collected in AV Monographs 246, organized into three groups of seven elements each. The first, ‘Urban Models’, includes buildings completed in different city contexts with works like the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco, the refurbishment of Times Square in New York, and the new headquarters of Le Monde Group in Paris. The ensuing category, ‘Built Geographies,’ features works located in more distant sites: the Lascaux IV Caves Museum in the French countryside, the King Abdulaziz Center for Culture in the Saudi desert, and the Under Restaurant in the North Sea. Lastly, the ‘Future Visions’ section presents projects underway around the world like the Shanghai Grand Opera House, the Beijing Sub-Center Library, and the Madison Garden 550 revitalization in Manhattan. This body of works follows a presentation by Luis Fernández-Galiano and an essay by Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner of the studio, who reflects on the importance of architecture, and on the past and future of the discipline.