Press release
April 25, 2016

City Council approves local plan for Nobel Center

On April 25, the Stockholm City Council approved the detailed local plan for the Nobel Center and the building designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Our work will now move forward, with the aim of starting construction on the future home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm.

“We are pleased with this resounding Yes from the political leaders in Stockholm. I am convinced that the building in itself and the activities that will take place there will be highly appreciated. Likewise, the area around the Nobel Center – with well-equipped quays and walkways – will make the site more accessible than it is today for Stockholm residents,” says Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.

”The public nature of the building – with its unique exhibitions, extensive activities for school children as well as meeting and lecture programmes – will be an asset for all of Stockholm and Sweden. The scientific programme will also help attract researchers and Nobel Laureates from all over the world to visit Stockholm in order to discuss the major issues of our era,” says Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation.

During the past year, we have developed an exhibition concept and the scientific programmes that will take place at the Nobel Center. This autumn we will take the next step by starting the task of concretising the school activities in the building. Our ambition is to ensure that all children in Sweden will have an opportunity to visit the Nobel Center once during their schooling to learn about the 900 Nobel Laureates who have been rewarded over the years.

About the project
The Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula will be the home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. It will build its public activities around exhibitions, school programmes, meetings and lectures about the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas – natural sciences, literature and peace. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning contributions and inspiring stories of the Laureates, the Nobel Center will be able to examine history as well as our own era and the major issues that are crucial to our world and our future. The building was designed by architects David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, who were selected by a unanimous jury in April 2014 as the winners of the Nobel Center architectural competition. Our aim is to begin construction in 2017, with completion about two years later.

For further information, please contact
Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Communications, Nobel Center, +46 734 12 66 75