2013-06-14 World’s foremost architects compete to design Nobel Center
Press release, June 14, 2013
Some of the world’s foremost architects are now gathering in Stockholm to prepare for the task of designing the Nobel Center at Blasieholmen in the Swedish capital. Today the composition of the jury that will assess the architects’ contributions and name a winning proposal in the spring of 2014 is also announced.
The architects who were selected for the competition now face the complex task of developing a conceptual proposal for the architectural design of the Nobel Center – the building that will become the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. This task also includes explaining how the Nobel Center will relate to the surrounding urban and marine setting on the Blasieholmen peninsula and at Nybroviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea.
The architects have an extensive competition brief to their aid, which describes the activities that will take place at the Nobel Center and the requirements imposed on the building and its various functions. The brief also describes the unique waterfront location in central Stockholm that the building will occupy and the necessary consideration of the surrounding institutions and environment. For many years, the City of Stockholm has reserved this site on the Blasieholmen peninsula for public activities of international interest. The Nobel Center will enhance the value of this location and make it more accessible for visitors to Stockholm, as well as its residents.
The jury that will assess the competition proposals consists of eleven individuals who possess a broad range of specialised knowledge of value to the Nobel Center. During some portions of its assessment work, the jury will also call on outside specialists. The composition of the jury is presented in its entirety below.
The international architectural competition is divided into two stages, with overall design proposals to be submitted by September 30, 2013. After the jury’s assessment, two to five architectural offices will continue to the second stage of the competition, during which their proposals will be further refined. In April 2014, the winning proposal will be presented. Public exhibitions will be organised in conjunction with both stages of the competition.
The architectural competition can now begin thanks to a generous donation of SEK 800 million from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
Members of the Jury
Lars Heikensten, Ph.D. (Chairman), Executive Director, The Nobel Foundation
Olov Amelin, Ph.D., Museum Director, Nobel Museum
Lars Drangel, M.Sc.Eng., Ramsbury Property AB
Gunnar von Heijne, Ph.D., Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University
Marika Hedin, Ph.D., Museum Director, Vasa Museum
Karolina Keyzer, Architect, SAR/MSA, City Architect of Stockholm
Anders Nylander, M.Sc.Eng., Former Managing Director, Atrium-Ljungberg
Harriet Wallberg, MD, Ph.D., Member of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet
Per Wästberg, Writer, Member of the Swedish Academy
Elizabeth Hatz, Architect SAR/MSA, Lecturer, KTH, Architecture
Inga Varg, Architect SAR/MSA, Partner, Rosenbergs Arkitekter
Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark
Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark
David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects Gessellschaft von Architekten mbH, Germany
Johan Celsing, Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
Lene Tranberg, Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter A/S, Denmark
Marcel Meili and Markus Peter, Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten AG, Switzerland
Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, OMA, Netherlands
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA, Japan
Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta Oslo A/S, Norway
Gert Wingårdh, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Sweden
Annika Pontikis, Public Relations Manager, Nobel Foundation
annika.pontikis (at) nobel.se, telephone +46 8 663 14 70, mobile +46 70 454 76 72
For the competition brief as well as presentations of the architects, information about the project, press photos and a video in which three Nobel Laureates explain their thoughts about the Nobel Center, please see themenu of links on the top right of this page.