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

Architectural model image, Snohetta
Cast plaster SFMOMA expansion architectural model
Installation view, Model Behavior

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.
Installation view, Model Behavior See All

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.