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Eleven renowned architects present proposals for Stockholm’s future Nobel Center
Posted: Friday, October 04, 2013 |

The search has begun for the design of the future Nobel Center in the Blasieholmen peninsula in Stockholm. As an architectural representation of the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Center will serve as a space to promote creativity and innovative thinking in finding solutions for the world's major challenges of today and of the future.

For stage one, 11 big-name architects submitted their proposals under anonymity to the competition jury on Oct. 3. Each submission presents an overall design concept for the Nobel Center that explains how the structure will relate to Blasieholmen's urban and marine settings.

With the aid of specialist reference groups, the jury will evaluate the submissions and choose two to five finalists to advance to stage two. In this stage, the finalists will refine their proposals and may also have the chance to publicly discuss the Nobel Center's design.

Participating Architects:

  • Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark;
  • Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark;
  • David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects, 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

Finalists will be revealed in November 2013. The winner is currently expected to be chosen in April 2014. The winning proposal will then be the basis for the detailed design process.

Without further ado, check out the submissions right below. Can you guess who designed what? Let us know in the comment section below!

A P(a)lace to Enjoy. Image via nobelcenter.se

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A P(a)lace to Enjoy. Image via nobelcenter.se

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

Beyond 1210. Image via nobelcenter.se

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Beyond 1210. Image via nobelcenter.se

A Room and a Half. Image via nobelcenter.se

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Archipelago. Image via nobelcenter.se

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Landing Seagulls. Image via nobelcenter.se

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Nobel Sphere. Image via nobelcenter.se

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Butterfly. Image via nobelcenter.se

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To learn more about each proposal, click here.
All illustrations of the submissions are on exhibition at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.



Comments:
Andy
Friday, October 04, 2013
Butterfly = Snohetta...so obvious

Ray
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Nobel Sphere = SANAA
Beyond 1210 = OMA
Prism = BIG
Nobelhuset = David Chipperfield
Butterfly = Snohetta
other ???

Onur Can Tepe
rotterdam
Saturday, October 05, 2013
prism is big, the space between is sanaa, butterfly is snohtetta. these are without a doubt.
beyond 1210 can be chipperfield, nobelsphere might be oma. oh and nobelhuset is clearly one of the scandinavian guys..

Samuel
lisbon
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Well, i disagree with you on some, but then again, I was hoping much more from these offices...i too think space between is sanaa´s one, and butterfly snohetta´s. Beyond 1210 is clearly OMA´s one. Nobelhuset is Chipperfields, just look at the museum hall in Berlin. Now, the "big" question is really which is Big´s project. I too thought it was prism but we cant forgett 3xn are in too, and it could be very well their proposal, which would make a p(a)lace to enjoy the proposal from big...I´m eager to find out!

Craig
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Nobelhuset - chip
Prism - 3xn
Space between - BIG
Butterfly - Snohetta
Room and a Half - Celsing
Beyond 1210 - OMA
We Believe In - Lacaton & Vassal
Nobelsphere - Wingardh
Landing Seagulls - Meili
Archipelago - SANAA
A P(a)lace to Enjoy - Lundgaard & Tranberg

my favs:
Nobelhuset
Beyond 1210

samuel
lisbon
Saturday, October 05, 2013
i dont see Sanaa doing Archipelago (looks like something Lundgaard & Tranberg would do, considering their winning proposal for the danish museum...). Space between isn´t Big´s proposal i think...what if Space between is in reality snohettas one, butterfly 3xn´s one (doesnt look that different from their liverpool museum) and prism would then be Big´s one. But Craig dont you think the level of the proposals is not very high considering the studios participating?

Craig
Saturday, October 05, 2013
The space between reminds me of another big competition proposal with its long ribbon window cutout:

MECA

The use of arbitrary "inclinations" and the resultant mini outdoor amphitheaters, and the entourage used are major hints for me. But, I'm definitely not certain, as we all know with BIG's popularity comes the herd of imitators.

As for the overall quality of projects:

Like I said I enjoy the probable OMA and chipperfield ones, but that is due to my personal aesthetic preoccupations. I'm not terribly impressed with anybody else and was hoping to see a great project from Johan Celsing. And SANAA (whatever one is theirs up there) has been uninspired of late for me.

samuel
lisbon
Saturday, October 05, 2013
That´s true, but you see "The use of arbitrary "inclinations" and the resultant mini outdoor amphitheaters" in projects by 3xn and Snohetta as well. I don´t think that´s big´s project, because of the renders, and also because (and also in the case of meca in paris) their projects have usually "clearer" and "simpler" shapes...I could be wrong though. I´m interested to see who has after all designed that proposal. As for Sanaa, i totally agree! Their proposal for the m+ museum was very uninspiring and i wasnt impressed with their last win...it´s so strange, that no proposal here resembles something from them...and if theirs is the Nobel sphere, then its another lackluster submission. We have also to take into account, that this is only the first phase and we dont have that much information about the projects...

Grandpa Bear
Oslo
Sunday, October 06, 2013
You should check out visiondivision's 11 counter-proposals that they did in one day, pretty cool stuff! http://www.visiondivision.com

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