David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

by , 04/10/14

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Slated for the Blasieholmsudden peninsula, the building will include a variety of exhibition spaces and meeting rooms, a library and of course an expansive auditorium, where the annual Nobel Prize award ceremony recognises advances in science and culture. Inside, a large transparent ground floor opens up to visitors and creates an attractive urban community space. The building’s exterior is a brilliant mix of gleaming vertical brass and glass panels, emitting a dignified sophistication worthy of such a distinguished event.

Related: David Chipperfield Wins Musee Des Beaux-Arts Design Competition with Transparent, Saw-Toothed Design

According to jury chair and Nobel Foundation executive director Lars Heikensten, the jury unanimously chose Chipperfield’s design for its open and approachable approach, which they felt represents the spirit and message of the prize itself. He explains, “The jury finds the lightness and openness of the building very appealing and consistent with the Nobel Foundation’s explicit ambition to create an open and welcoming Centre for the general public.”

The Nobel Center is expected to be completed in 2018; in addition to hosting one of the world’s most notable award ceremonies every December, it will also include a number of educational events and various public activities throughout the year.

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  1. Bo Lagerqvist April 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm


    “Stockholm’s City Museum (Stadsmuseet) has spoke out against David Chipperfield’s competition-winning Nobel Center, saying the design is good but not at its proposed location. The museum, whose mission is to “preserve the city’s cultural heritage,” does not believe the new center should be build along the city’s Blasieholmen, as its site is “one of the few parts of the city that still allows close interaction with the old port.”

    Furthermore, the City Museum strongly urged against the Nobel Foundation’s plans to demolish the site’s three historic structures – an 1876 Axel Fredrik Nystrom-designed Customs House and the city’s last two remaining wooden harbor warehouses built in the early 1900s. Agreeing, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has also spoke up, saying the proposal is “too big” and does not take “sufficient” consideration of the cultural environment and cultural heritage.”

  2. Marcella Guerriero April 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Nothing about sustainable ecodesign. Yawn.

  3. Bo Lagerqvist April 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Please help us save the maritime heritage on Blasieholmen. The Nobel Center will demolish a maritime heritage consisting of a customs house from 1876 and two unique wooden warehouses from 1910.
    The Customs House has great historical value as a representative
    of late-19th-century government and administrative
    buildings in general and of Stockholm’s customs services, in
    particular. It is a link in the chain of customs houses in Stockholm
    from different periods and was designed by renowned
    architect Axel Fredrik Nyström, who was also responsible for
    the old National Archives building.
    The warehouses from 1910, together with the ground cover
    of large paving stones, reflect efforts made in the early 20th
    century to improve customs’ work environment and to create
    better and more modern storage facilities at Stockholm’s
    harbours. Today, the warehouses are unique in Stockholm,
    since there are no longer any similar warehouses remaining
    at Stockholm’s harbours.

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