The dream of a public building for one of the world’s most prestigious prices, the Nobel Prize, is becoming a reality. The Nobel Center will be an international meeting place for science, innovation and hope for the future, right in the heart of Stockholm. An architectural competition is currently underway, with entries from both Swedish and international architectural firms. The center is expected to be unveiled in 2018.
More than 200 entries from architectural firms have been submitted for the creation of the Nobel Center. Three finalists have now been selected: Swedish firms Johan Celsing and Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, as well as the German office of David Chipperfield Architects. The winner will be announced in April.
“Magnificent building with grandiose contents”
“The Nobel Center will, regardless of which of the final entries is chosen, become a magnificent building with grandiose contents. It is fantastic to finally make use of Sweden’s doubtlessly strongest international brand to strengthen the interest in Stockholm with activities all the year round,” says Anders Nylander, member of Nobelhuset AB’s Board of Directors. Nobelhuset AB is owned by the Nobel Foundation and has been tasked with building the Nobel Center at Blasieholmen, right in the heart of Stockholm.
The Nobel Center will not just be a place where Nobel Prize winners’ stories are brought to life to visitors. It will also be brimming with life and activity, with global science conferences, various collaborations with industry and academia, as well as projects that strengthen and enrich education and research in Stockholm.
“By developing innovative strength in the region, and attracting the international science elite and multinational companies, certainly makes the Nobel Center in Stockholm an even more interesting market for property investors,” says Anders Nylander.
Stimulate curiosity and learning
The combination of science, literature and peace will be one of the center’s greatest assets.
The Nobel Center will be a modern and accessible meeting place, with public areas for exhibitions, programme activities, scientific conferences, lectures and events all the year round.
One important task for the Nobel Center is to stimulate curiosity and learning among the younger generation, and to be able to complement teaching at schools and higher education. Both teachers and students will be able to gather knowledge and inspiration here.
The Nobel Center will also house the Nobel Foundation and its activities within knowledge building, digital media and research.
The Noble Center is planned to be unveiled in 2018. The cost is estimated to reach 1.2 billion SEK and is primarily being funded through private donations. The activities of the Nobel Center will be supported by the Swedish state and the City of Stockholm.