2013-10-03 Design Proposals for Nobel Center Presented

Press release, October 3, 2013

Eleven prominent architects have now submitted their design proposals regarding the Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula in the Swedish capital. The competition jury will start evaluating the entries to be able to present two to five finalists in November. The anonymous competition entries are available at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm and on the website Nobelcenter.se.

The Nobel Center is established in the spirit of the Nobel Prize; its vision is to work for the good of humanity. By awakening interest in and disseminating knowledge about the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Laureates and their efforts to a global audience, the Nobel Center aspires to sow the seeds of future achievements for a better world. The Nobel Center’s mission will be to promote creativity and new thinking, thereby contributing to finding solutions to the major challenges of our time and of the future.

Stage one of the international architectural competition includes an overall design concept for Nobel Center explaining how the building will relate to the surrounding urban and marine setting on Blasieholmen. The proposals are anonymous and assessed by criteria in the competition brief. To their aid, the jury has specialist reference groups from various areas of expertise.

The jury will not comment on any proposal until November 2013 when two to five proposals have been selected to proceed to the second stage of the competition upon which the names of the finalist architects will be revealed. Thus, the finalists will have the possibility to participate in public discussions regarding the design of the future Nobel Center. The second stage of the competition includes further refinement.

A winning proposal will tentatively be presented in April 2014. It will then make basis for the detailed planning process.

The jury that assessing the competition proposals consists of eleven individuals who possess a broad range of specialised knowledge of value to the Nobel Center. The composition of the jury is presented in its entirety below.

The entries are available at Nobelcenter.se and in a public exhibition at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. Free admission on Tuesdays 5–8 pm, for other hours and more information please visit the website of the Nobel Museum.


Presentation of Jury Members and Participating Architects


Members of the Jury

Lars Heikensten, Ph.D. (Chairman), Executive Director, The Nobel Foundation

Olov Amelin, Ph.D., Museum Director, Nobel Museum

Lars Drangel, M.Sc.Eng., Ramsbury Property AB

Gunnar von Heijne, Ph.D., Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University

Marika Hedin, Ph.D., Museum Director, Vasa Museum

Karolina Keyzer, Architect, SAR/MSA, City Architect of Stockholm

Anders Nylander, M.Sc.Eng., Former Managing Director, Atrium-Ljungberg

Harriet Wallberg, MD, Ph.D., Member of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

Per Wästberg, Writer, Member of the Swedish Academy

Professional Judges:

Elizabeth Hatz, Architect SAR/MSA, Lecturer, KTH, Architecture

Inga Varg, Architect SAR/MSA, Partner, Rosenbergs Arkitekter


Participating Architects

Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark

Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark

David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects Gessellschaft von Architekten mbH, Germany

Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France

Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter A/S, Denmark

Marcel Meili and Markus Peter, Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten AG, Switzerland

Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, OMA, Netherlands

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA, Japan

Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta Oslo A/S, Norway

Gert Wingårdh, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden


Press Contacts

Annika Pontikis, Public Relations Manager, Nobel Foundation, annika.pontikis@nobel.se, telephone +46 8 663 14 70, mobile +46 70 454 76 72

For the competition brief as well as presentations of the architects, information about the project, press photos and more, visit: http://www.nobelcenter.se

You will find press images of all the submitted design proposals here.

For information about the exhibition at the Nobel Museum:

Helena Wallemo, Press and Marketing Manager, Nobel Museum, helena.wallemo@nobelmuseum.se, mobile +46 70 494 40 09