[Clockwise from left: David Adjaye's MCA Denver, DS+R's ICA, Norman Foster's British Museum canopy, and Snøhetta's Oslo Opera House]
The wait is over - Goodbye Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners. SFMOMA has selected Norwegian firm Snøhetta for its expansion design. The museum's board of trustees approved the selection on Wednesday; and an official statement is expected today.
Mostly unknown in the US, Snøhetta's SFMOMA project will be the firm's first on the West Coast. What sealed the deal for a few trustees was Snøhetta's Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo (pictured above).
SFMOMA will not expect to release preliminary designs for the museum until Spring 2011. Until then, the museum will continue its journey to finalize obtaining Fire Station No. 1 on Howard Street for the expansion.
· SFMOMA Finally Reveals Its 4 Top Contenders for Expansion Design [Curbed SF]
· SFMOMA Expansion and Brand Spankin' New Fire Station Gets Approved [Curbed SF]
· SFMOMA chooses architect for $250-million expansion: Norwegian firm Snøhetta [LA Times]