David Chipperfield Architects has reduced the size of its proposed new Nobel Centre in Stockholm in response to local concerns
In April, Stockholm’s City Museum wrote to the city’s planning department calling on them to throw out the initial plans, saying they would dominate the local environment.
Now, Chipperfield’s has unveiled revised proposals, reducing the building’s height by 3m and improving public spaces on the Blasieholmen peninsula.
Speaking at the London Design Festival on Saturday, Chipperfield said: ‘The public has said the [the original plans were] too high - it is not a controversy. It is a public debate.
‘There should be more debate about how projects get built - we need more dialogue.’
Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, chairman of the Nobel Foundation, said: ‘To us it has been important to listen to the opinions that have been presented.
‘We are satisfied with the solutions that David Chipperfield Architects has developed. Even though the building will now be smaller, it will be possible to create the broad range of activities we have envisioned that are related to the Nobel Prize and the achievements of the laureates.’
In addition to the lowering of the building’s height, Chipperfield’s new design has also been shortened by 4.5m.
A statement from the foundation said it has also been given ‘a clearer division into a base, middle and top floor that relates to the surrounding structures’.
A 200m² public terrace has also been incorporated on the top floor along the south-east side of the building, offering views of the city.
An underground car park has also been removed from the plans to make way for a public square on ground level.
On the top floor, two spaces have been included which could serve as a bar or be used for TV interviews.
Reworked plans - September 2015
Original plans - February 2014