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Stockholm city council vetoes Chipperfield and Foster schemes

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The Chipperfield comments on the Blasieholmen site read as a touch patronising, but it's an unarguable fact that the existing buildings aren't (weren't?) anywhere near as grand as their neighbours on the waterfront. So the attraction of such a prominent site to the Nobel Foundation is understandable, but from their comments it looks very much as if they've been relying on the 'spirit of Alfred Nobel' to shove through what reads as an overscaled lump more reminiscent of the turbine hall of a large 20th century power station than anything else, tarted up with gold coloured curtain walling. The pity of it is that - going by the interior images - even the largest spaces don't require external expression in quite such massive form, and so the proposed design can all too easily be read as a piece of insufferable arrogance, in this location.

Posted date

26 October, 2018

Posted time

10:42 am

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