Nobel prize’s new home revealed

Written on April 14, 2014 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

David Chipperfield Architects . Nobel Center competition proposal . Stockholm . Nobelhuset (2)The Nobel Foundation has unveiled the winning design for a building that will give the world’s most prestigious prize a home for the first time in its 114-year history.

The foundation hopes to inaugurate the 25,000 sq metre building in 2018, when it is expected to house nearly all its activities, including the Nobel prize ceremony and the Nobel museum.

“The winner of the architecture competition of the Nobel Centre is David Chipperfield Architects in Berlin,” the foundation’s executive director Lars Heikensten said.

The building, with a 1.2bn kronor (£110m) budget, will be built in a historic district, surrounded by water and near some of the city’s main museums and landmarks.

It will gather all the foundation’s activities, which are currently scattered around the city, except the Nobel banquet, which will remain in the city hall.

The Nobel prize ceremony, traditionally held on 10 December at the Stockholm Concert Hall, will move to the new venue, as well as the Nobel museum and the Nobel Foundation offices.

The Nobel Centre will also house a library, several conference rooms and educational space for school visits.

The building, with a bronze, stone and glass facade, will attempt to reflect some of the Nobel aspirations, according to the winning architects.

“It has a certain classical simplicity and solidity,” British architect David Chipperfield said.

“It tries to find a balance between being solid on the one hand and transparent on the other.”

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