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Chipperfield vies for Nobel Prize centre in Stockholm

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David Chipperfield features on a 12-strong shortlist of architects competing to design a new headquarters for the Nobel Prize in Stockholm

The RIBA Gold Medal-winning British architect is up against a raft of stars including Rem Koolhaas, Snøhetta and Swiss outfit Herzog & de Meuron in the race to create the Nobel Centre in Blasieholmen.

The 12 architects invited to take part in the contest are:

  • Kim Herforth Nielsen – 3XN, Denmark
  • Bjarke Ingels and David Zahle – BIG, Denmark
  • David Chipperfield – David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany
  • Jaque Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler – Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland
  • Johan Celsing – Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden
  • Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal – Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
  • Lene Tranberg – Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, Denmark
  • Marcel Meili and Markus Peter – Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Switzerland
  • Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon – OMA, Netherlands           
  • Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – SANAA, Japan
  • Kjetil Thorsen – Snøhetta, Norway                                              
  • Gert Wingårdh – Wingårdhs arkitekter, Sweden

More than 140 architects were considered for the scheme by an evaluation committee appointed by the Nobel Foundation.

The building will contain public rooms for exhibitions, scientific conferences, meetings and events, as well as a library, restaurant, café and shop. It is aimed at becoming one of Stockholm’s main attractions. 

Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, said: ‘The competition will begin once the majority of the project’s financing has been secured.

‘Encouraging discussions are currently ongoing with several donors, and we are confident that we will secure the necessary financing to begin the architectural competition and carry out the project during the current calendar year.’







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