About the Project
Ever since the inception of the Nobel Prize, a building where the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Laureates and their achievements can be presented to the general public has been envisioned.
The City of Stockholm and the Swedish government have expressed strong support for the creation of a Nobel Center at Blasieholmen. In December 2011, an agreement was reached on construction at a city-owned site on the north side of the peninsula Blasieholmen, facing Nybroviken bay. On the inititative of the Nobel Foundation, the company Nobelhuset AB has been established to implement the construction project.
A public building for housing the Nobel Prize – a meeting place in the spirit of the Nobel Prize – will eventually become a reality.
On the basis of Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament, the Nobel Prize is awarded to those who, through their discoveries and achievements, have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. The future Nobel Center will act in the same spirit by encouraging creativity and innovation. The Nobel Prize fields, the Laureates’ achievements, their life stories and the future perspectives in their fields provide a rich source of inspiration on which the Center will build its exhibitions, media productions and educational activities. The combination of science, literature and peace is one of the Nobel Center’s most important assets, and a major ambition is to bridge the gap between these disciplines.
With the Nobel Prize as its starting point, the Center will stimulate curiosity and learning among a younger generation and serve as a complement to schooling and higher education. Some of its activities will more specifically be aimed towards the Swedish and international scientific community. The new building will enable the Nobel sphere to arrange conferences and symposia under its own auspices as well as in collaboration with scientific institutions and organisations.
In addition to public spaces for exhibitions, scientific conferences, meetings and events, the building will contain a library, restaurant, café and shop. The ambition is to make the Nobel Center one of Stockholm’s main attractions.
Since early 2012 extensive work has been under way to more clearly define the Center’s conceptual and spatial programme. This serves as documentation for the architectural competition implemented in two stages during 2013-2014. After refinement of the winning proposal and cost estimates preconstruction engineering will begin with the aim of starting construction in 2015. Accoring to this preliminary timetable, the Nobel Center can be ready for inauguration in December 2018.