David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled a scaled down proposal for Stockholm's Nobel Center. A response to concerns regarding the competition-winning scheme's proposed location along the city's historic Blasieholmen, the modified design hopes to "better" integrate itself into its context and establish a "lively interaction" with the people of Stockholm.
"While the fundamental concept of the ‘Nobelhuset’ remains the same, the building has been reduced significantly in size," says Chipperfield. "It now has a clearer division into a base, middle and top floor that relates to the surrounding structures on the Blasieholmen peninsula."
The revised design "gives top priority to public spaces," says the practice. It features a south-facing public terrace on the top floor, a publicly accessible bar on the uppermost floor, an open green space that extends to the quays, and a new attractive square on the building's north side that replaced the original scheme's underground car park and ramp. In addition to this, the Nobel Auditorium has been further developed to best serve "the future Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies as well as various kinds of public meetings."