David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger’s proposal for the new home of the Nobel Prize has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the project. David Chipperfield Architects Berlin will head the scheme with their design for a brass-clad building with a transparent ground floor following a revision during the competition process. This will be the first permanent home for the Nobel Prize. Located on the waterfront on Blasieholmen, Stockholm, the elegant form will incorporate an auditorium, a museum, conference facilities, offices, a library, a restaurant, a café and bar, and a shop.
The concept for the new Nobel Center comprises four major ideas: Nobel House: The placement of the new building as a freestanding ‘solitaire’ is fundamental to the urban and architectural considerations reflecting the notion of a ‘house’ as a civic building; Nobel Auditorium: The entire Nobel auditorium becomes a ‘grand space’ with large panoramic windows allowing for maximum daylight as well as dramatic views over the city; Nobel Garden: The creation of a large public garden in the southern area of the site - exploiting the openness of the site in relation to its visibility and the course of the sun; Nobel Path: The introduction of a public path through the building starting from an open public ground floor and leading towards the Nobel Auditorium.
Speaking on the announcement today, Chipperfield said: “We are extremely excited and honoured to have been selected to be the architects for the Nobel Center. We look forward to working together to develop a building that reflects both the values of the Nobel Prize and the high expectations of the citizens of Stockholm.” His sentiments were echoed by the Chairman of the competition jury and Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation Lars Heikensten, who stated: “The jury finds the lightness and openness of the building very appealing and consistent with the Nobel Foundation’s explicit ambition to create an open and welcoming Center for the general public.”