Snohetta's most striking architectural projects

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta isn't new to distinctive projects, but their latest, an artist's residence near Edvard Munch's atelier in the woods, sets a new bar.

There's a word in Norwegian for when the horizon vanishes, an illusion on a certain kind of day where the land or sea appear to melt into the sky.

It's hildring, and it has special significance for Craig Dykers and Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, co-founders of the design practice Snøhetta, which claims to break down divides between architecture, landscape architecture, product design and graphics.

Since last May, Norway's banknotes have borne one of Snøhetta's visions of the hildring: a pixelated representation of the horizon printed on the back of 100 and 200 krone bills. But its importance to the designers becomes clearer during the firm's regular pilgrimage up the highest hilltop in central Norway's Dovrefjell range, Snøhetta, the mountain from which the firm gets its name







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