Norwegian firm to redefine SFMOMA

Sian
Friday 23 Jul 2010

Snøhetta selected for $250m San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion project

After a comprehensive international search and two-year planning process, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced today that it has selected Snøhetta to design a $250m expansion for its Mario Botta-designed building. The project will add approximately 100,000 sq ft of space of gallery and public space to the existing 225,000 sq ft building and approximately 60,000 sq ft of support space, including larger and more advanced conservation facilities and an expanded library.

Led by architects Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta beat out four finalists vying for the project including David Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Foster + Partners. In making the announcement, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra said: “The distinction and preeminence of all four candidates made this an exceptionally tough decision. Yet Snøhetta’s dynamic and imaginative body of work demonstrates an outstanding commitment to innovation combined with a solid track record of unique, timely and fiscally responsible approaches to complex civic and cultural projects."

Benezra continued: "The selection committee was particularly thrilled by the stunning spaces, sophisticated use of materials, and quality of light Snohetta’s Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, which we feel is one of the great buildings worldwide to be designed an built in the last decade.”

Initial design concepts for the project will be unveiled in the spring of 2011.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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