Twelve architecture practices have been revealed by the Nobel Foundation as being shortlisted in an invited competition to design the new home of the Nobel Prize in Blasieholmen, Stockholm. The firms have been selected for their artistic abilities and previous experience working in areas with challenging urban environments and sensitive historical contexts.
Once complete, the new building will become the home of the Nobel Foundation and its associated activities, with dedicated spaces for research, educational efforts, museum operations and digital media. It is also hoped that the centre will become a thriving public centre, drawing visitors with a library, restaurant and shop, and commercial clients with exhibition space, rooms for scientific conferences, meetings and associated events.
Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, explains: “The competition will begin once the majority of the project’s financing has been secured. Encouraging discussions are currently on-going 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.”
The following architects have been selected for the shortlist:
Kim Herforth Nielsen - 3XN, Denmark
Bjarke Ingels - BIG, Denmark
David Chipperfield - David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany
Jaques 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