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Architecture – Facing nature – Culture

Two exhibitions – in the Kunstareal architecture gallery and in the Blumenstraße bunker – bring to life the world of the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta

The Alexandria Library, Oslo Opera House, the Central Library of Calgary, the Lillehammer Art Museum, The Expansion of the Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, the museum pavilion of the "9/11 Memorial" in New York, the first underwater restaurant of Europe off shore Norway, the reception center of Lascaux IV, the replica of the Famous cave in France, a spectacular nature and wildlife observation station in a Norwegian national park – all this was built by the architects Snøhetta. And has received numerous awards, including in 2004 with the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Observers such as those mentioned above would be even more to list. Just look at the plans of the Shanghai Opera.

Founded in 1989 and now run by Norwegian co-founders Kjetil Thorsen and American Craig Dykers, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and branding are more than just branded buildings. The intense relationship between architecture and the surrounding nature or urban space characterizes the architectural interventions of Snøhetta, which now has branches in Innsbruck, Stockholm, Paris and Adelaide, in addition to the main office in Oslo. Times Square, New York, has been redeveloped and appeased by traffic. Snøhetta has transformed the pedestrian-hostile and traffic-frequenting Triangle into a pleasant resort.

Another significant example of how Snøhetta shapes buildings and spaces is the design of the Swarovski site in Wattens, Austria. Here, the architects were not only interested in the visionary design of a factory called "21st Century Crystal Studio", but also in the whole site, on which the landscape was created with the orchards and another remarkable building, it can hardly be adequately described by "play tower". The exhibition focuses especially on this project in the architectural gallery of Türkenstrasse. With the help of models, photos and sketches, the exhibition shows how Snøhetta implements its concept of "contextualized concept".

At the same time, the Bunker architecture gallery in Blumenstraße presents large light boxes and many videos of Snøhetta's global projects. This interaction between the two exhibition sites shows once again how much the city decided to entrust the bunker to the director and curator of the architecture gallery, Nicola Borgmann, who received the first prize for her services in the field of architecture. The architecture mediation received the architectural award of the city of Munich. Because in the art gallery, you can get involved objectively in the Swarovski project and familiarize other projects with the usual mediation techniques. In the bunker, Borgmann focuses mainly on the visual and emotional components.

The shorts are almost as spectacularly filmed, cut and underlined musically as the architecture itself is designed and performed in nature. Flushing in the dim light of red cushions, you can join an expedition through the worlds of Snøhetta or watch various making-off buildings in a two-channel video. A movie with an interview by Thorsen and Dykers impressively brings you closer to the Norwegian architecture office, which has been in existence for 30 years, and to the thinking of its creators.

Snøhetta, shaping the interaction, Architecture Gallery, Türkenstr. 30, Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 19h, Saturday from 9:30 to 18h, in the bunker, Blumenstr. 22h, Thursday-Friday from 17h to 20h, Saturday from 15h to 18h, both until July 6th. Snøhetta Building LandscapesDiscussion between Jenny Osuldsen, Snøhetta Oslo and Regine Keller, TU München, on Tuesday 25 June at 7 pm, Bunker, Blumenstr. 22