A unanimous competition jury has selected David Chipperfield's and Christoph Felger's slender brass-clad building as the winner in the Nobel Center architectural competition. An internationally recognised architectural office with extensive experience of culturally historical environments will thus become the partner that will help make the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm a reality.
"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," says architect David Chipperfield.
According to the statement of the jury, the proposed building has an elegant, timeless and attractive external appearance with a clear identity of its own. The revised façade design, with its shimmering vertical brass elements and glass, has a lofty elegance and quality that can be associated with the position of the Nobel Prize. At the same time, the building has a lightness and openness that are appealing and consistent with the Nobel Foundation's explicit ambition to seek contact with and open up the Center to the general public.
The transparent ground floor helps create a pleasant setting in the immediate vicinity of the building, thereby also enriching the urban public space. Meanwhile the building's moderate footprint creates good opportunities for a public city park in a sunny south-east position.
The jury is of the opinion that after additional refinement in collaboration with the client and with public authorities, the proposal can lead to a dignified, exciting and inviting Nobel Center building while helping create a better, more engaging and beautiful urban setting on the Blasieholmen peninsula in central Stockholm.
"We view the winning proposal as a concrete interpretation of the Nobel Prize as Sweden's most important symbol in the world. Stockholm will gain a building -- monumental but without pomp, powerful yet graceful -- with qualities like those the City Hall gave the capital a century ago," says writer Per Wästberg, member of the Swedish Academy and Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature.
"We view the winning proposal as a concrete interpretation of the global importance enjoyed by the Nobel Prize. Stockholm will gain a new building marked by timelessness and qualities that parallel those the City Hall gave the capital a century ago," says writer Per Wästberg, member of the Swedish Academy and Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature.
In the now-completed second stage of the competition, the jury assessed proposals from three finalists: David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger från David Chipperfield Architects Berlin (Germany), Johan Celsing from Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor (Sweden) and Gert Wingårdh from Wingårdh Arkitektkontor (Sweden).
The ambition is to make the Nobel Center one of Stockholm's most attractive destinations, including public spaces for exhibitions, programme and school activities, events and interdisciplinary meetings of various kinds.