Snøhetta wins another big job

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Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta has long won fame for some major projects around the world, not least the library at Alexandria in Egypt and Oslo’s Opera House. Now it’s won a new library project, this time in Canada.

Oslo-based Snøhetta was selected, along with Canadian firm Zeidler Partnership Architects, to build a new library and study center at Ryerson University in Toronto. Groundbreaking is set for later this year, with the eight-story glass and concrete building due to open in 2014.

The library has been called a “landmark project” already and it’s not the only prestigious project for the firm at present. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that Snøhetta will follow in the footsteps of such celebrated architects as Frank Gehry when it designs a new cancer center for Maggies Cancer Caring Centres in the UK. The Royal Institute of Architects has stressed the centers’ importance for modern architecture in Britain.

Snøhetta, founded in 1989, has around 100 employees with offices in Oslo and New York.

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