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

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 names – including , , 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: Quirk, Vanessa. "Architects Selected for Competition to Design Nobel Prize’s New Home" 21 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • TOBA

    lets see the best for such a noble and hypocrit thing as nobels are……….indeed, they are proof of our true glabal identity and example of human kind. Can we appeal towards nobels as merely an act of humanity, or its political influence is more important? i guess some offices will only encourage certain aspects, but i hope to see contradictions of such complexity in this project that can really manifest the paradigms in which our society behaves…..

  • Todd Larson

    I would pick either of the Swedish architects, Johan Celsing or Gert Wingårdh, because s/he would be likely to bring the project closer to home, to infuse it with native color flavor and culture in a way that would cater to our international appreciation of Scandinavian design — make it both unique and universal simultaneously. If we let a celebrity like Rem Koolhaas put his “starchitect” stamp on it, it would look more like anywheresville, not like the country from which the Nobel Prizes proudly emanate. Bring in the Swedes with a clang and a bang!

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  • Laura

    maybe the nobel prize should also be exclusive for europeans + one japanese occasionally…is this choice or architects completely biased or what?!

    • TheOracle

      There are no american firms that would have a chance. Lundgaard & Tranberg is going to dominate this.

  • ConservativeSweden

    Where are big names like Peter Zumthor, Steven Holl and Toyo Ito? Too bad some of the smaller Spanish firms that deserve a global breakthrough (RCR arquitectes, Nieto + Sobejano) are not on this shortlist either.

    • LL

      Peter Zumthor wasn’t interested to do this competition as I heard.

  • Citzen of Stockholm

    From summary of stage one by the Nobel Foundation:
    Design that takes into consideration the cultural and historical value of the site and national interests.”
    Unfortunately all three proposals will demolish a maritime heritage; a customs house built in 1876 and two unique warehouses built in 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.”