My art O-level teacher at the secondary school I attended in England recommended I become an architect.
I was interested in drawing, in art and in the sequence of producing things, whatever they might be: models, painting, sculptures or scratchboards.
With a vertical museum structure, we needed to bring people in an easy yet recognisable way from one floor to the next.
And we needed to connect the two buildings and create interactive areas that would support both.
Then when you start doing the creative work, you leave your profession behind.
It’s like a kind of role-play, where you swap roles...
Landscape architecture would no longer just be the leftovers of whatever the architect did – the spaces between the buildings, filled with whatever was left of the budget.
A mountain, according to Thorsen, is both an object and a landscape, and therefore a perfect representation of the firm’s commitment to integrating architecture and landscape architecture in a single design process.So it became more a matter of designing reflections than designing façades.Creating more social interactions and closer relationships to the surrounding streetscapes, giving more connection to outdoor and indoor areas and, of course, expanding exhibition areas and making it possible to show more art.Dovre is a mountainous region of central Norway, so it followed that the collective should name themselves after its highest peak: Snøhetta.Two years later, one of the group’s members, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, together with fellow architect Craig Dykers, founded the shareholding company Snøhetta Architecture and Landscape AS.