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Chipperfield’s Nobel Centre moves a step closer

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David Chipperfield’s competition-winning plans for a new Nobel Centre in Stockholm has cleared its first planning hurdle

During a planning meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday (15 March), city planners decided to progress with the controversial plans for the cultural centre. 

David Chipperfield Architects had reduced the size of the new Nobel Centre after fierce opposition to the scheme. 

The revised plans were reduced in height by 3m and shortened by 4.5m, while public spaces on the Blasieholmen peninsula were also improved. 

The approval paves the way for a number of historic buildings including an 1876 customs house by Axel Fredrik Nystrom – the architect of Sweden’s Old National Archives, and two wooden warehouses from 1910 to be demolished to make way for the new museum. 

The demolition of these historic buildings had previously come under fire from Stockholm’s City Museum and a Facebook campaign was also launched to protect them. 

Speaking in the local press, Roger Mogert, chairman of the city’s planning department, said: ‘Personally, I think it is a good project. It is a prominent architect who has put a lot of work on this and in terms of content, it is a strong and good thing for Stockholm.’ 

The new building, which is planned to open in 2019, will include exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, a library, restaurant, shop and a large auditorium where the annual Nobel Prize award ceremony will take place. 

The plans still have to go before the city council and this is expected to happen later this year.

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