In Dialogue with Landscape

Snøhetta's 'Arctic Nordic Alpine' exhibit goes on view at Berlin's Aedes Architecture Forum

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Arctic Nordic Alpine (4 July - 20 August 2020) is dedicated to contemporary architecture in vulnerable landscapes, focussing on the influence interventions could have on regions with extreme climatic conditions.

The exhibition presents pioneering projects by the internationally renowned architecture and design firm Snøhetta, including the energy-efficient Svart in Svartisen, the The Arc in Svalbard Island and the Museum Quarter in Bolzano.

Hotel Svart © Snøhetta and Plompmozes.


These buildings illustrate that architecture can make a significant contribution to the mitigation of climate change by promoting a more sustainable use of nature with innovative strategies and solutions – in dialogue with landscape.

As the biggest future challenges for planners and architects are to be found in our cities and urban areas, it might appear less essential to focus on architectural interventions in less populated areas. Snøhetta does, however, foresee more and more human pressure on areas outside of our cities.


Perspektivenweg | The Path of Perspectives, Seegrube © Christian Flatscher.


To quote Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, co-founder of Snøhetta: “To many, the periphery has become the new centre of interest and nature has become a carrier of meaningfulness. However, as contradictory as this might seem, some remote areas are becoming especially attractive to the ever-increasing desire of people to be part of something authentic. To secure the diverse sustainability offered in these places also in the future, it will in many cases be correct to do nothing. For the places already under pressure, it will be vital to provide facilities preventing further destruction. We acknowledge the fact that every new construction changes the existing condition of a place. With the passion to create, our imagination lets us involve the stories told by nature, translating these stories into architectural form and language.”

 Under (Under Restaurant) © Ivar Kvaal.


Conceived and designed by Snøhetta, also including proposals from students, the exhibition is shown at Aedes in cooperation with Zumtobel Lighting and AW Architektur & Wohnen magazine.

On this occasion, Snøhetta is honoured with the prestigious AW Architect of the Year 2020 award.

This year, the Norwegian firm Snøhetta “receives the award for its approach to thinking architecture in an interdisciplinary way, designing it as a special meeting place, understanding it as part of the surrounding landscape – and interpreting buildings themselves as landscape“, explains Jörn Kengelbach, editor-in-chief of AW Architektur & Wohnen.

New Tungestølen Tourist Cabin © Jan M. Lillebø.



Exhibition: 4 July - 20 August 2020, no public opening ceremony
Venue: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sun-Mon 1-5pm and Sat, 4 July 2020, 1-5pm




Cover: Tverrfjellhytta - Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion © Ketil Jacobsen.





    Svart 26


    Meløy / Norway / 2018

    The Arc 65

    The Arc

    Longyearbyen / Norway / 2019

    Perspektivenweg | The Path of Perspectives 86

    Perspektivenweg | The Path of Perspectives

    Innsbruck / Austria / 2019

    Under 294


    Spangereid / Norway / 2019

    Tungestølen 77


    Luster / Norway / 2020