Model Behavior

Snøhetta's First Concepts for SFMOMA

May 14, 2016–January 16, 2017


As a practice, Snøhetta architects begin each project by identifying a set of conditions inherent to the site — not merely its physical setting, but also its cultural context — with the goal of designing spaces that frame a condition, direct attention, and provide a deliberate experience. The more than fifty sketch models and five sketchbooks on view offer perspective on the design process behind the SFMOMA expansion, and a mobile app explores the museum’s built architecture, with a narrated walk-through of key design decisions in the new SFMOMA.

Exhibition Preview

Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Study Model #21, 2010; courtesy Snøhetta; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Study Model #87, 2010; courtesy Snøhetta; photo: © Henrik Kam

Installation view of Model Behavior; photo: © Henrik Kam

Model Behavior and Snøhetta’s Practice
Learn more about Snøhetta’s practice with these videos and further reading, ranging from a slice-by-slice 3D experience of the new museum building to video of Craig Dykers, Snøhetta founding partner, speaking about the firm’s philosophies and practices.
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Major support for Model Behavior: Snøhetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA is provided by

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Additional support is provided by The Sanger Family.