With reference to your projects you state that ‘every story told is a shared experience of contemporary conditions set within a given frame’. How important are narratives within the social texture of our surroundings? Do we, in this sense, need new narratives, or are they rather about human constants?
For us narratives are very important. We begin exploring a project and its context by crafting narratives. The stories discussed are about social conditions, about the surroundings, about history, and about possible futures. The experiences we imagine through these narratives lay essential groundwork for the articulation of space, space for known and unknown futures and unexpected uses. Not only do they locate the human body in relation to the future built work, they also locate the human subject in relation to the world at large. In this sense we need new narratives about human constants.
How important is multi- or interdisciplinarity for your approach? Which other disciplines do you involve, how do they contribute to the concept, the ‘thinking’ about a project?
The transdisciplinarity and ‘Transpositioning’ is at the core of our collective approach, of our methodology and our values. As mentioned, for the start of a project it would be ideal to involve as many disciplines and stakeholders as possible. Everyone is taking part in the discussion; everyone adds to the narrative and everyone contributes to a concept. The participants are not necessarily taking part as representative of their profession but with their unique backgrounds and interests in order to create an open platform for the exchange of ideas
Patrick Lüth is Managing Director of Snøhetta Studio Innsbruck. After beginnings as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, Snøhetta has grown to become an internationally renowned practice of architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, product- and graphic design. Among their most known projects are the great Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, the only cultural building on the World Trade Center Memorial site, and the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco. Next to the Oslo office Snøhetta has studios in New York, San Francisco, Innsbruck, Paris, Hong Kong and Adelaide.