The search has begun for the design of the future Nobel Center in the Blasieholmen peninsula in Stockholm. As an architectural representation of the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Center will serve as a space to promote creativity and innovative thinking in finding solutions for the world's major challenges of today and of the future.
For stage one, 11 big-name architects submitted their proposals under anonymity to the competition jury on Oct. 3. Each submission presents an overall design concept for the Nobel Center that explains how the structure will relate to Blasieholmen's urban and marine settings.
With the aid of specialist reference groups, the jury will evaluate the submissions and choose two to five finalists to advance to stage two. In this stage, the finalists will refine their proposals and may also have the chance to publicly discuss the Nobel Center's design.
- Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN Architects, Denmark;
- Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group A/S, Denmark;
- David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects, 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
Finalists will be revealed in November 2013. The winner is currently expected to be chosen in April 2014. The winning proposal will then be the basis for the detailed design process.
Without further ado, check out the submissions right below. Can you guess who designed what? Let us know in the comment section below!
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
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