The Nobel Foundation, the body that administers all activities involved in the delivery of the prestigious Nobel Prize, has shortlisted 12 architecture firms to partake in an international design competition for the new headquarters in Blasieholmen, Stockholm.
In addition to providing a global headquarters, the establishment will also include a visitors center where the public can explore the natural sciences, humanities, and peace efforts of the United Nations. One of the key factors for the Foundation in selecting the architects to participate involved “their ability to work in intricate urban environments where historical context and the natural environment must be considered with sensitivity.”
The 12 selected firms include:
– 3XN, Denmark
– BIG, Denmark
– Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland
– Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor, Sweden
– Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France
– Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, Denmark
– Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, Switzerland
– OMA, Netherlands
– SANAA, Japan
– Snøhetta, Norway
– Wingårdhs arkitekter, Sweden.
– David Chipperfield Architects, England/Germany.
At this stage of the competition, all submitted entries are anonymous, and the renderings are available in a public exhibition at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. The winning design proposal will be announced during the spring of 2014.
The design proposals: