Original thinking: Snøhetta reveals its relationship secrets

art gallery with nature view art
Zumtobel has provided comprehensive support for the exhibition, including an artistic lighting solution to illuminate the space and specifically to showcase the large-scale landscape images.
(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)

Snøhetta has descended upon Aut gallery in Innsbruck, Austria. The Norwegian architecture practice has built several social environments across the gallery spaces that encourage users to climb, lean and linger.

Site-specific installations of angular flooring, light boxes of landscapes and geometric timber cages have all been designed to activate people’s experiences of space and light. Titled ‘Relations’, the exhibition celebrates the fruitful partnerships between Snøhetta and its many collaborators, that can be seen across numerous projects during which expertise has been exchanged and innovations have been developed. Drawings, prototypes, models and photos are displayed side-by-side on archive tables exploring the depth of the relationships.

table filled with art work

The exhibition plays with the relations between people and Snøhetta’s work, examining the interdisciplinary nature of the practice

(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)

social lanscape art work

The ‘social landscape’ Snøhetta has created at Austrian gallery Aut.

(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)

wooden landscape in exibition

A custom-built wooden landscape shapes the visitors path as they move through the exhibition.

(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)

gallery contains photograph, prototypes, and models

As well as the social landscapes, the exhibition also includes prototypes, models and photographs.

(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)

landscape art

The high ceilings and columned space with framed windows at Aut provide Snøhetta with an interesting space to play with.

(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)

art work in art gallery

This part of the exhibition explores various Snøhetta collaborations.

(Image credit: Günter Richard Wett)


‘Snøhetta: Relations’ is on view until 7 October. For more information, visit the Aut website


im Adambräu
Lois Welzenbacher Platz 1
6020 Innsbruck


Harriet Thorpe is a writer, journalist and editor covering architecture, design and culture, with particular interest in sustainability, 20th-century architecture and community. After studying History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Journalism at City University in London, she developed her interest in architecture working at Wallpaper* magazine and today contributes to Wallpaper*, The World of Interiors and Icon magazine, amongst other titles. She is author of The Sustainable City (2022, Hoxton Mini Press), a book about sustainable architecture in London, and the Modern Cambridge Map (2023, Blue Crow Media), a map of 20th-century architecture in Cambridge, the city where she grew up.