WSJ + Snøhetta
The international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) 2016 Architecture Innovator of the Year award went to Snøhetta and was received by the founders Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen last week. – For far longer than perhaps any other firm working today, Snøhetta has been ‘saying no to any ultimate design theory,’ as Dykers puts it, touting instead an architecture free of banner slogans and signature styles. This can make it difficult to get a clear picture of what Snøhetta is really up to. But it’s also what makes the firm so interesting to watch, Ian Volner wrote in WSJ. – Snøhetta has disregarded architectural standards to become one the world´s most coveted firms.
Snøhetta was founded in 1989 and has during the years established a world wide reputation being one of the most distinguished companies when it comes to architecture, landscape design, interior- and graphic design. Their headquarters in Oslo and New York employees 180 persons from more than 30 different nations, equally divided between men and women. Although with their obvious international approach, they have a strong corporate business culture anchored within a Nordic model based on equality, openness, generosity and environmental conditions.
In addition to Snøhetta´s first prize there were six second prize winners in this sixth edition of the annual award: Ai Weiwei (Art), Es Devlin (design), Daniel Humm & Will Guidara (food), Melinda Gates (philanthropy), Tom Ford (film) and The Weeknd (music).