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Architects Selected for Competition to Design Nobel Prize's New Home

Blasieholmen at Nybroviken in Stockholm. Image © Jeppe Wikström
Blasieholmen at Nybroviken in Stockholm. Image © Jeppe Wikström

Out of 140 architects considered, 12 architects have been selected by the Nobel Foundation to compete to design their new home, a Nobel Center in Blasieholmen, Stockholm. The conspicuously European selection, chosen for their "design and artistic abilities and experience working in intricate urban environments," includes some very big names - including BIG, David Chipperfield Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, and OMA. The only non-Europeans to compete will be SANAA's Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. 

See the full list of competitors, and more information on the competition, after the break...

The 12 Competitors

Kim Herforth Nielsen – 3XN, Denmark

Bjarke Ingels and David Zahle – BIG, Denmark

David Chipperfield – David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany

Jaques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler – Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland

Johan Celsing – Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal – Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France

Lene Tranberg – Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, Denmark

Marcel Meili and Markus Peter – Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Switzerland

Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon – OMA, Netherlands 

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – SANAA, Japan

Kjetil Thorsen – Snøhetta, Norway 

Gert Wingårdh – Wingårdhs arkitekter, Sweden

From the Press Release: 

Within the two-stage competition, the architects' task will be to design the building that will become the new home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. The building will house the Nobel Foundation, together with associated activities that the foundation initiates within research, educational efforts, museum operations and digital media. The building will contain public rooms for exhibitions, scientific conferences, meetings and events, as well as a library, restaurant, café and shop. The ambition is that the Nobel Center will become one of Stockholm's main attractions.

Important criteria in selecting the architects included design and artistic abilities and experience working in intricate urban environments where historical context and the natural environment must be considered with sensitivity. Practical considerations included the architects' ability to develop the project in close cooperation with the client over the course of a lengthy planning process and their experience managing construction projects cost-effectively. The names of members of the jury will be published in conjunction with the start of the competition.

Story via Nobel Foundation 

Cite:Vanessa Quirk. "Architects Selected for Competition to Design Nobel Prize's New Home" 21 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/347900/architects-selected-for-competition-to-design-nobel-prizes-new-home/>