Snøhetta’s NYC Green Space Moves Forward

The Phillip Johnson-designed 550 Madison has been a postmodern icon of NYC since its completion in 1984. Now, the midtown structure will receive new life, thanks to Snøhetta. The design and architecture firm has been given the go-ahead by the Manhattan Community Board to revitalize the building’s privately-owned public space and create a community-focused green space. Working with horticulture specialists from Phyto Studio, Snøhetta promises …

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Yaara Nusboim’s “Alma” Therapy Toys Israeli designer Yaara Nusboim created these wooden therapy toys in collaboration with child psychologists for kids to work through various struggles (including trauma) during play therapy. This kind of treatment was developed by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein some 80 years ago, and encourages children to express themselves through play rather than conversation—offering a comfortable distance for them from whatever issue they …

Svalbard’s “Doomsday” Seed Vault to Get a Snøhetta-Designed Welcome Center

Preserving some 986,243 seed species, in zero degrees Fahrenheit, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects the legacy of Earth’s fauna. For those who’ve long dreamed of seeing the site themselves, a visitor center known as The Arc is set to open in 2022. Design firm Snøhetta will lead, and their vision is two-fold. First, a mirrored, modernist main building (on a suspended timber frame, so …