The Nobel Prize is probably known as the most significant global prize for outstanding human achievements in science, literature and peacemaking in the world. Since 1901 when the first prizes were assigned the Nobel Prize has ever since been associated with integrity, autonomy and freedom, fostering the ideals of a just and peaceful world still reflecting the virtues and aspirations of Alfred Nobel as stated in his will from 1895.
The decision to build a Nobel Center in Stockholm is both related to the desire to finally have a home for the Nobel Prize, but also to create the opportunity to relate to the people in the world beyond the myth of the award itself.
The new Nobel Center is not only a starting point to consolidate the admirable past in one place for the first time in the history of the Nobel Prize, but to use this consolidation to built a foundation from which to move on into a new era of openness and outreach, in which the achievements of the Nobel Prize and its ideals not only are preserved and made available to historians, but become an active and lively source of inspiration for generations to come, to not give up the hope and the believe that human accomplishments can contribute to a better world.
Architectural considerations always form part of urban considerations and vice versa. This is particularly true for this project with its most prominent setting in the centre of Stockholm. The exposed location on Blasieholmen next to the National Museum functions almost like a stage for the city, where manifold views to the city, but also manifold views from the city into the site are possible.
The site is both part and not part of the city fabric. In a figurative sense this interrelation of both looking in and out or being part as well as not being part reflects notions of the essence of science and literature as well as the Nobel idea and as such form a dialectic basis for the approach of the conceptual development.
Nobel Path – Nobel Gång
The introduction of a public path through the building starting from an open public ground floor and leading towards the Nobel Auditorium connecting as well as organising all programmatic functions and thereby establishing what the Nobel House is about – a dynamic place of encounter, exploration, representation and inspiration.