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Publication Date: 2015-01-26


The Accidental Architect

Craig Dykers, founder of the international architectural firm Snøhetta, thinks deeply about the relationships between man, art and the environment.


Dykers believes that architects sometimes contribute to the feeling that the world is closing in, full of threats. “It’s like making a cage in a zoo,” he says. “If you make it constrained, the animals are uncomfortable. We need to make places where people feel civil.”

For Dykers, civility includes being sensitive to the environment, using materials in surprising ways and designing with the human spirit in mind. Snøhetta, whose practice also includes interior design, landscape design and graphic design, is best known for its public buildings, which range from a “keyless” reindeer-viewing pavilion at the base of Snøhetta, the Norwegian mountain for which the company is named, to the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.

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