SFMOMA Goes to Snøhetta

SnohettaAnd the winners are… Snøhetta founders Craig Dykers (left) and Kjetil Thorsen.

You heard it here first: The architecture firm to lead the highly anticipated, $250 million expansion of SFMOMA will be the Oslo- and New York–based Snøhetta, which beat out fellow finalists Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Foster + Partners. Our anonymous Bay Area insider predicted last May that the SFMOMA board’s conservative types would go for Foster while the more design-minded folks on the selection committee would choose DSR or Adjaye–thus leaving the “dark horse” Snøhetta as a kind of compromise. Of course, SFMOMA’s director, Neal Benezra, has a different version of events, telling the San Francisco Chronicle that it was the committee’s site visits that ultimately set Snøhetta apart. “After our visit to Oslo, there was no question that we had found our architects,” Benezra said. “It was a beautiful moment.” The museum plans to unveil a potential design next spring.

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