Illustrations of the Norwegian architecture home and abroad

Opera House - Photo:Monumental Minds

Scandinavian style of architecture has traveled far. Enjoy a selection of the Norwegian architecture from iconic architects, both in Norway and abroad, in these series of illustrations created by Monumental Minds.

The illustrations of the Norwegian architecture are the work of the legendary Norwegian architect and designer Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Snøhetta.

About Kjetil Trædal Thorsen

  • Born in 1958, Thorsen studied architecture at Technische Universität Graz, Austria
  • Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is a co-founder of international architecture firm Snøhetta
  • In 2008, he became a commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav - the highest reward for remarkable accomplishments in Norway
  • Since 2004, Thorsen has been a professor at the Institute for Experimental Studies in Architecture at the University of Innsbruck

About the buildings

Oslo Opera House - Oslo, Norway

  • The iceberg shaped Opera House is designed to blend into the landscape with public space in mind
  • Snøhetta won the 2008 culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona
  • In 2009, Snøhetta won European Union Prize for contemporary architecture for this building

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia    

  • Snøhetta’s vision started in 2008
  • The foundation stone was laid by King Abdullah himself
  • The building contains 100,000 square meters of cultural facilities

Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Alexandria, Egypt

  • The Library of Alexandria was Snøhetta’s first major project
  • The new Bibliotheca is located upon the same site as the Ancient Library of Alexandria
  • The building’s oval disc shape aims to represent the passage of time in relation to the stars and planets

The Pavilion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum – New York, USA

  • In 2004, Snøhetta was commissioned to design the only building on the memorial plaza 
  • It opened in 2014
  • The design was a challenge, as there was no actual site during the early stages

Lascaux IV The International Centre for Cave Art – Montignac, France

  • The International Centre for Cave Art is built on the same hills where children first discovered the caves in 1940
  • When the new museum was built during 2012-2016 
  • The recreations of the painting fragments are found inside the museum and preserved at a cave-like temperature        

You can find the whole series of illustrations here: