Proposals Unveiled for Nobel Prize’s New Home in Stockholm

A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB

BIG, OMA and SANAA are amongst 12 architectural heavyweights competing to design the ’s new home in , Stockholm. Currently in the competition’s first stage, the architects have submitted anonymous entries for jury review. 

Once complete, the building hopes to become one of Stockholm’s main attractions. It will not only serve as the Nobel Foundation’s primary home, but also provide facilities for research and education, as well as public exhibition spaces, a conference center, library, cafe, shop and more.

Read on for the complete list of participating architects and a sneak peak of the proposed schemes.

The Architects:

  • Kim Herforth Nielsen – 3XN, Denmark
  • Bjarke Ingels and David Zahle – BIG, Denmark
  • David Chipperfield – David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany
  • 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

The Anonymous Proposals: 

Landing Seagulls

Landing Seagulls. Image © Nobelhuset AB
Landing Seagulls. Image © Nobelhuset AB


Nobelhuset. Image © Nobelhuset AB
Nobelhuset. Image © Nobelhuset AB

A P(a)lace to enjoy

A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB
A P(a)lace to enjoy. Image © Nobelhuset AB

Nobel Sphere

Nobel Sphere. Image © Nobelhuset AB
Nobel Sphere. Image © Nobelhuset AB


PRISM. Image © Nobelhuset AB
PRISM. Image © Nobelhuset AB

“We believe in…”

“We believe in...”. Image © Nobelhuset AB
“We believe in...”. Image © Nobelhuset AB

The Space Between

The Space Between. Image © Nobelhuset AB
The Space Between. Image © Nobelhuset AB

Beyond 1210

Beyond 1210. Image © Nobelhuset AB
Beyond 1210. Image © Nobelhuset AB


Archipelago. Image © Nobelhuset AB
Archipelago. Image © Nobelhuset AB


Butterfly. Image © Nobelhuset AB
Butterfly. Image © Nobelhuset AB

A Room and a Half

A Room and a Half. Image © Nobelhuset AB
A Room and a Half. Image © Nobelhuset AB

The Jury:

  • Lars Heikensten, Ph.D. (Chairman), Executive Director, The Nobel Foundation
  • Olov Amelin, Ph.D., Museum Director, Nobel Museum
  • Lars Drangel, M.Sc.Eng., Ramsbury Property AB
  • Gunnar von Heijne, Ph.D., Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University
  • Marika Hedin, Ph.D., Museum Director, Vasa Museum
  • Karolina Keyzer, Architect, SAR/MSA, City Architect of Stockholm
  • Anders Nylander, M.Sc.Eng., Former Managing Director, Atrium-Ljungberg
  • Harriet Wallberg, MD, Ph.D., Member of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet
  • Per Wästberg, Writer, Member of the Swedish Academy

A winner of the two-stage competition will be announced in 2014. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 with inauguration tenitively planned for December 2018.

Existing Site. Image © Jeppe Wikström

Reference:, Bustler

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Proposals Unveiled for Nobel Prize’s New Home in Stockholm" 08 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Bo

    I only see 11 proposals?

    • R

      It would appear that H&deM pulled out and didn’t submit.

  • Felix Braun

    I love how “The Space Between” takes the surrounding buildings, the water and the Stockholm skyline into account — which e.g. “A P(a)lace to enjoy” so clearly doesn’t (look at the first rendering and how it “kills” the building behind it).

    My guess: “The Space Between”, Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon.

    • Sebastian Pauly

      I think it is hard to see how “the space between” interacts with surroundings, wish there were plans aswell and not only renders. This is also the case regarding “A P(a)lace to enjoy”, but I do believe that the space opposite the ext. building could work well if works as a streetscape, and not a backside (like skuespilhuset in Copenhagen). I don´t really fancy any of the submissions that much really, they are either too alien or too docile. Both a bit boring imo…a pity that H&deM is gone.

  • Shannon French

    “A P(a)lace to enjoy” seems to be composed very well, both as a building and as a holistic site. The stacked set of volumes has a nice rhythm. The site playfully engages the harbor with its circular void, inviting the water in — a very nice gesture.

    • Wu Jian

      Look like BIG`s proposal.

  • ZIgZag

    Sphere makes me curious…

  • dsz

    Some many proposals out of urban proportion.

  • Josh

    I think its brilliant that they made it anonymous. Let the design speak for itself instead of the egos.

  • Mike Greville

    Room left open for Room to stroll in?

  • V

    I would love to see when Gehry, Zaha, Libenskin submit anonymous entries. I wonder how in the world can the judges not figure out the works are from these architects. I guess this anoymous entries actually put OMA and BIG to shame if the judges can’t figure out which works are done by these 2 firms.

  • Stratos Kontogeorgis

    Also think “palace to enjoy” the best approach in composition and continuity of the site. Another quality is being modest, functional but not “spectacular”, not as much as “space between’…

  • papou

    My favourite: P(a)lace to enjoy, and I guess a Sanaa flavour…

  • ge_de

    Beyond 1210 is clearly OMA

  • Finian O Dowd

    I will go for Chipperfields space between

  • yann

    Agreed with papou : A P(a)lace to enjoy is clearly SANAA

  • Eduardo Blanco

    “We believe in..” Is clearly Lacaton & Vassal proposal, I vote for It.

  • Olivarius

    These schemes make me sad. Is this it?