Glacier crack, by SnÃ¸hetta
For the waterfront of Oslo, SnÃ¸hetta has designed a building that echoes a glacier with a crack. It almost becomes too simple: SnÃ¸hetta is a reference to the SnÃ¸hetta-mountain in Norway, which has a glacier. With cracks, presumably. Like a Self-fulfilling prophecy SnÃ¸hetta is now building its SnÃ¸hettaâ€™s.
The cracked glacier houses offices, most probably occupied by Price Waterhouse Coopers, and is located near the Opera House by SnÃ¸hetta, which also looks likeâ€¦ it could have been designed by the Danish BIG, except that it is white. No, again it looks like a mountain, which BIG also likes to design. A Scandinavian fashion?
About the project of SnÃ¸hetta not much else is known than an articleÂ in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. As far as I can decipher the Norwegian, it seems that municipal approval is (almost) in, and the building could be finished by the summer of 2010.
About the iconography I must add that a reference to a glacier or iceberg can be very virtuous: They have beautiful seemingly random forms and reliefs, and there is always the possibility for sudden transparencies in the frozen water. Which in architecture can be related to glass, or other transparent materials.
The idea of the â€˜crackâ€™ that is meant to create a diagonal transparency through the building is obviously very cool and deconstructive. But the flirtation with collapse has something puzzling to it, I think. But it is also a cheap criticism.
I hope the architects realize the faÃ§ade as they suggest in the rendering. They should develop a new kind of white-looking glass (instead of the dark gray-green look), and add to half the panels a real â€˜glacierâ€™-like relief. It then could be actually brilliant.
A thank you toÂ Tron Ove WislÃ¸ff for the link and information.
Related ice: Icitecture, by Don Briggs