David Chipperfield triumphs in
Nobel Center competition

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News: "An architecture challenge doesn't come much better than this," says David Chipperfield, who has been named winner in the competition to design a new home for the Nobel Prize in Stockholm (+ slideshow).

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

David Chipperfield Architects saw off competition from Swedish studios Wingårdh and Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor to land the prestigious commission to create the Nobel Center – an exhibition centre and events venue for the award that recognises advances in science and culture.

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

"I think all projects are important but this project has enormous meaning, not just for the city of Stockholm but internationally. An architecture challenge doesn't come much better than this," said Chipperfield.

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

The architect's vision is for a shimmering brass-clad building on the waterfront. It will be fully glazed on the ground floor, opening out to a new city park on the sunny south-eastern side of the site.

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

"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 centre for the general public," said Nobel Foundation executive director Lars Heikensten, who was a member of the judging panel.

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

"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 – magnificent but without pomp, powerful yet graceful – with qualities like those the City Hall gave the capital a century ago."

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

Fellow jury member Per Wästberg added: "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 – magnificent but without pomp, powerful yet graceful – with qualities like those the City Hall gave the capital a century ago."

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition

As well as hosting the annual award ceremony each December, the building will provide a public centre for exhibitions, educational activities, events and meetings.

David Chipperfield triumphs in Nobel Center competition
Proposed site plan

"It can be spectacular on its greatest night, but also it can be very useful and functional and working the rest of the year," said Chipperfield.

  • mitate

    As a Chipperfield devotee, this is a commission I’d rather he hadn’t won. After all, it’s not as if he needs the work.

    • Gaz

      Why would you rather he hadn’t won it?

      • mitate

        It’s not him, somehow, brass cladding particularly.

  • edub

    Where can I see the full-res renderings? Why does Dezeen format them so small? This is a recurring complaint of mine, but no one seems to care.

  • Hayd

    It’s classy, appropriate and pleasant to the eye. But once again, in typical Swedish fashion, they’ve gone ahead and chosen the more conservative design.

    • BL Esq

      Please help us save the maritime heritage on Blasieholmen. The Nobel Center will demolish a maritime heritage consisting of a customs house
      from 1876 and two unique wooden warehouses from 1910.

      The Customs House has great historical value as a representative of late-19th-century government and administrative buildings in general and of Stockholm’s customs services, in particular. It is a link in the chain of customs houses in Stockholm from different periods and was designed by renowned architect Axel Fredrik Nyström, who was also responsible for the old National Archives building. The warehouses from 1910, together with the ground cover of large paving stones, reflect efforts made in the early 20th century to improve customs’ work environment and to create better and more modern storage facilities at Stockholm’s harbours.

      Today, the warehouses are unique in Stockholm, since there are no longer any similar warehouses remaining at Stockholm’s harbours.

      https://www.facebook.com/bevarablasieholmen

  • http://www.dezeen.com/ Dezeen Magazine

    Hi edub,

    We always appreciate feedback from our readers. We’re currently looking at this and considering all our options.

    Kind regards,

    Ross/Dezeen

  • Doug Shaffer

    Perhaps Chipperfield is not proposing polished brass, but rather matt or hazy in the same way that Carlo Scarpa used in glazing systems (albeit, not on the same scale!)

    • mitate

      What to say. Disregard brass, this is all about the gilded, inside and out, and it’s not DC. I’m dismayed.

  • Stockholmer