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Chipperfield in final three to win HQ for the Nobel Center

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David Chipperfield has beaten OMA, SANAA and BIG to the final cut in the competition to design the new Nobel Center in Stockholm

The practice is the only British-based outfit left in the international competition for the new 20,000m² on the Swedish capital’s Blasieholmsudden peninsula. The practice is now battling it out against two Swedish practices, Wingårdhs arkitekter and Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor to land the highly coveted project.

The judges said Chipperfield’s scheme ‘conveyed dignity and had an identity that felt well balanced for the Nobel Center’.

They added: ‘The limited footprint of the building allows room for a valuable park facing the eastern portions of the site, with plenty of space for a waterfront promenade along the quay. The façade surfaces will also reflect light from the sky down into the street or open space on Hovslagargatan’.

The new building will include exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, a library, a restaurant and shop and a large auditorium where the annual Nobel Prize award ceremony will take place.

Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation said: ‘The competition entries really showed great breadth. It was an enjoyable and rewarding process for those of us on the jury to evaluate all the entries. The three design proposals that we have now chosen all have qualities that make them possible as the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm.’

A twelve-strong list of star practices including OMA, Snøhetta, SANAA and BIG was initially shortlisted for the competition back in March.

The winning scheme will be chosen in April 2014, with the project expected to complete at the end of 2018.

David Chipperfield Architects' design for the Nobel Center

David Chipperfield Architects’ design for the Nobel Center

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The so-far anonymous entries, which include one by David Chipperfield Architects, are for the 20,000m² building on the capital’s Blasieholmsudden peninsula which will house exhibition and events celebrating the Nobel Prize.

A twelve-strong shortlist was first announced in March (AJ 21.03.13). Among others joining Chipperfield are 3XN, OMA and Snøhetta but Herzog de Meuron has ‘decided not to participate in the competition.’

A further shortlist of two to five schemes will be announced in November with the winner expected to be crowned in April next year.

The shortlist

  • 3XN, Denmark
  • BIG, Denmark
  • David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany
  • Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden
  • Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
  • Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, Denmark
  • Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Switzerland
  • OMA, Netherlands           
  • SANAA, Japan
  • Snøhetta, Norway                                              
  • Wingårdhs arkitekter, Sweden

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Shortlisted architects including UK-based David Chipperfield and Swiss stars Herzog & de Meuron will attend a seminar on the Nobel Center scheme on Friday 14 June.

Twelve practices were shortlisted in March by an evaluation committee set up by client the Nobel Foundation. But the beginning of the contest was dependent on the scheme securing a large chunk of funding.

Now donations from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation, which is supported by the founders of the H&M clothes chain, and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation have allowed the client to begin proceedings.

A winner will be announced next spring, with the building scheduled for opening in December 2018.

Nobel Foundation executive director Lars Heikensten said: ‘With this donation, the two foundations are showing their commitment and support for projects that will promote the dissemination of knowledge.

‘The Nobel Center is an important investment in the future of Stockholm. A strong home base will also enhance the ability of the Nobel system to develop internationally.’

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 to become one of Stockholm’s main attractions. 

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Chipperfield vies for Nobel Prize centre in Stockholm

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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