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Norwegian firm selected for large SFMOMA expansion

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 25 Jul 2010


“The decision follows a comprehensive international search and two-year planning process,” the museum released in their announcement. “Initial design concepts for the project — Snøhetta's first building on the West Coast of the United States — will be unveiled in the spring of 2011. The current project budget of $480 million includes $250 million for the expansion and $230 million for SFMOMA's endowment to ensure the museum's long-term success.”

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Formed in 1989 and led by principals Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta is an award-winning international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design firm based in Oslo, Norway, and New York City. “The practice is centered on a transdisciplinary approach where multiple professions work together to explore differing perspectives on the conditions for each project.”

Glass roof and pool of the Biblioteca Alexandrina


Respected architectural writer and critic, Kenneth Caldwell, stated: "Snøhetta is the perfect choice for SFMOMA's addition. They are both daring and safe. The firm has built several large cultural projects in unusual urban contexts all over the globe, yet their work is not formulaic or whimsical. This project, along with other recent contemporary work by locals and out-of-towners, will put San Francisco on the map in terms of serious 21st century architecture."


Full details about the SFMOMA expansion can be found at




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