The building made by Snøhetta is itself a work of art , Culture Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland said when she attended the opening of the SF MOMA in San Francisco Saturday.
The Culture Minister is clearly proud of the work done by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta on this prestigeous building for modern art in California. Snøhetta was given the commission of refurbishing and create an annex to the museum, which has been closed since 2013.
I think it’s very nice to be involved and give thanks to Snøhetta for what they have accomplished, what they mean to Norwegian architecture and the fact that they put Norway on the world map of architecture and art, the Minister of Culture says to the news agency NTB.
Snøhetta has given the ten-storey building a completely unique look, including through the use of 700 unique boards in fiberglass. The narrow plot has been a major challenge which, among other things lead to a fire brigade having to be dismantled and then rebuilt again. The expansion is reported to have cost 2.5 billion.
San Francisco’s mayor cut the ribbon and numerous representatives of both Norway and Snøhetta were also present. The reopening of the museum and the annex made by Snøhetta has attracted considerable international attention in recent days.
– Snøhetta is like a locomotive and is helping to create a future-oriented and broader understanding of innovation and value creation, Hellelandsays.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today