SFMOMA Selects Snøhetta to Design Fisher Wing

An end has come to all the speculation as to who the SFMOMA would hire to build their new Fisher wing. Beating out heavy hitters like Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates who shared the shortlist back in May, the win has gone to the Norwegian firm Snøhetta, landing their second major, high-profile project in the US (the other is the still under construction National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York).With the announcement comes the launch of this page on the museum’s site, which presumably, will be used to track progress on the new wing, which is planned to add more than 150,000 square feet to the SFMOMA at a cost of approximately $480 million. Here’s some of the official word:

“The distinction and preeminence of all four candidates made this an exceptionally tough decision,” said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “Yet Snøhetta’s dynamic and imaginative body of work demonstrates an outstanding commitment to innovation combined with a solid track record of unique, timely, and fiscally responsible approaches to complex civic and cultural projects. The selection committee was particularly thrilled by the stunning spaces, sophisticated use of materials, and quality of light in Snøhetta’s Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, which we feel is one of the great buildings worldwide to be designed and built in the last decade.”

Plans for the new wing should be released sometime in spring of 2011 and the museum is aiming to have it built by 2016.