Norwegian architecture increasingly popular in France

FRANCE: The Norwegian architect bureau Snøhetta is about to break through in France. Invited by Innovation Norway in Paris and Batimat mr. Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the founder and director of the firm, presented Snøhetta in the large construction fair Batimat in Paris the 8th of November. Here he shared his thoughts about design and company culture and displayed both previous and current projects for a large number of attendees.

In France Snøhetta has acquired several projects lately. A new visitor center will be built in connection with the Lascaux-caves south of Limoges. The project, called Lascaux IV, will open in 2015. Additionally the firm did in April this year win the competition for the new congress center in Annecy at the foot of the Alps. This is planned to be ready in 2016.

The greatest project Snøhetta is fighting for is in Paris. In 2014 Snøhetta will receive an answer to whether they have won the competition for the Grand Palais building just by Champs-Elysées in the heart of the city. The project is currently one of the most prestigious in France, and the competition is tough.

“We see that Snøhetta is very famous in the french architecture environment, and their french partners are impressed both with their creativity, but also the way they work. An important focus on cooperation and efficient processes. Their focus on cooperation and efficient work procedures is being noticed. Moreover, Snøhetta is one of many firms that now puts Norway on the map for those interested in architecture. French press are now looking more to Oslo. The tourism road project is one expample that Norway is in front of the development”, says Martin Hennum, senior advisor at Innovation Norway’s office in Paris.

During the dinner arranged by the Norwegian Ambassador in France, Tarald Brautaset, the 7th of November, the french guests also expressed that Norway and Norwegian architechture is being given more attention than before. This does not only account for Snøhetta, but also other companies.

As an example, both  TYIN Arkitekter, Sami Rintala and Snøhetta have won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, and the french Architecture museum, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, will in May 2014 open a great exhibition with the winners of this price. Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitektur is also well known in France and the Architecture gallery, La Galerie d’Architecture, will be exhibiting their projects in March 2014.

Photo: Snøhetta

Photo: Snøhetta

For more information

…about the projects of Snøhetta in France – visit the project site of Annecy Congress Centre and the site of Lascaux Caves Museum.

…visit the website of the conference Batimat.

…about Snøhetta’s activities in France read the article in Byggfakta and VVS Aktuelt.

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