Snøhetta: People, Process, Projects

Snøhetta: People, Process, Projects
April 17 – June 30, 2016
The Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209


This spring, the Center for Architecture in Portland, Oregon will open the first full-scale exhibition of Snøhetta’s work in the US. Designed, built, and curated by the designers themselves, Snøhetta: People, Process, Projects invites visitors behind the scenes of the office’s culture and design philosophy. First created in collaboration with the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen in Summer 2015, the exhibition opened on April 17, 2016 to kick off Design Week Portland.

The exhibition allows visitors to step inside, interact with, and explore Snøhetta. Join us at the lunch table or inside the workshop, where 3D prototyping and traditional craftsmanship drive conversations and exploration of new forms. Learn about how Snøhetta is designing the world’s foremost net-zero energy buildings that will produce more energy over the course of their lifetime than they use.

Snøhetta’s creative process begins with human interaction. All of the studio’s work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether natural or human-made.

Named People, Process, Projects for its uniquely social focus, the exhibition will engage visitors directly in the studio’s social and collaborative approach.

Snøhetta’s upcoming projects on the West Coast of the US include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion, the James Beard Public Market in Portland, the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City, and The French Laundry Kitchen Expansion in Youtville, California, among many others.


About the Center for Architecture

The Center for Architecture is committed to the transformative power of design. Through collaboration with communities, thought leaders, and professionals, the Center for Architecture works to catalyze action to address the most challenging issues of the 21st century.

The Center for Architecture is an Oregon non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of architecture, design, urban planning and the role of the built environment in our quality of life. It was founded in 2008 by the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects [AIA Portland], and is located in the heart of Portland’s internationally celebrated Pearl District.

The CFA serves as a cultural venue and resource for everyone interested in the built environment – offering an extensive calendar of special events, exhibitions, presentations, architectural walking tours, and films. The original structure, built in 1880, has been transformed into a highly sustainable facility that both inspires and sustains an on-going dialogue about architecture and design!

The gallery is open to the public:
M-Th: 10am-5pm
F: 10am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday as scheduled


About Snøhetta

For over 25 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects. Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competitionwinning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion among many others. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape and interior design in all of its projects.

Snøhetta is currently working on a number of civic and cultural projects internationally including the Times Square Reconstruction in New York, the Lascaux IV Caves Museum in Montignac, France, the Calgary’s New Central Library in Alberta, Canada, the Le Monde Headquarters in Paris, the James Beard Public Market in Portland, the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City and the Far Rockaway Public Library in Queens, New York. The studio was shortlisted as one of seven firms in consideration to design the Obama Presidential Center in the South Side of Chicago.

Among its many recognitions, Snøhetta received the World Architecture Award for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Aga Kahn Prize for Architecture for Alexandria Library. Since its completion in 2008, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has also garnered the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, as well as the European Prize for Urban Public Space, The International Architecture Award and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2010.



People, Process, Projects, Portland!

People, Process, Projects comes to Portland at a very appropriate time, as Snøhetta is currently engaged in two high-profile projects in the metro area.  Following a period of public engagement, including a multi-day design forum and open house in December 2014, Snøhetta revealed their design for the James Beard Public Market last June.  The market, sited at a challenging location at the west end of the Morrison Bridge, is planned to house 60 permanent stalls and up to 40 temporary day-tables in a two-level, 80,000 square foot building.  According to their website, the Historic Portland Public Market Foundation is currently accepting donations and working towards breaking ground in 2018.  Updates on the project can be found on the James Beard Public Market website, while more information on the building’s design can be found on Snøhetta’s webpage for the project.

Snøhetta_James Beard 1James Beard Public Market.  Image courtesy Snøhetta, used with permission.

Snøhetta_James Beard 2James Beard Public Market.  Image courtesy Snøhetta, used with permission.


A few miles south and east of the market, Snøhetta’s design of Oregon City’s Willamette Falls Riverwalk continues to take shape.  Snøhetta, along with collaborators Mayer/Reed and DIALOG have been gathering input from the community, including site tours and a UO John Yeon Center Brightlights conversation at the Portland Art Museum last September.  The conversation continued with an interactive Open House at Oregon City’s Abernethy Center last month, as promoted by Portland Design Events.  More design information about the project can be found through Snøhetta, and full news, information, and updates can be found through the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.  The first phase of construction on the Riverwalk is expected to begin sometime after 2017.

Snøhetta_Willamette Falls 1Willamette Falls Riverwalk.  Image courtesy Snøhetta, used with permission.

Snøhetta_Willamette Falls 2Willamette Falls Riverwalk.  Image courtesy Snøhetta, used with permission.



 This exhibition is made possible by generous support from:

Presenting Sponsors:
Turner Construction
Precision Images

Holst Architecture
Hoffman Construction
Kreysler & Associates
Cascade Coil
The Center for Architecture
AIA Portland


Cover image courtesy Snøhetta, used with permission.