Our new proposal promotes the building’s public character and enhances its relation to the site. The curved footprint is a direct response to the Blasieholmen context. It is built upon the original analyses of the site, where the building is kept within the extension of the Käpplingeholmen block, and approximately north of Nationalmuseum. With the reduced program, and the regularity created by an extended plaza in “A p(a)lace to enjoy” not a realistic option, a new situation emerged:
- First, the reduced terrain toward the east called for a reduction of the eastern corner of the building.
- Second, a reduction of the western corner shaped a sheltered spot with evening sun connected to the dining area.
- Third, the previous disadvantages when entering and leaving the building with coaches called for a more spacious plaza in front of the main entrance.
Cutting corners did not only create valuable outdoor spaces right where they are needed, but also a plan that corresponds to the circular auditorium. Spatial quality is the common denominator that has evolved the round plan as well as the concavities of the snowflake. A retracted position toward the neighboring buildings emancipated the Nobel Center and opened for an even more unique architecture. "More info":http://www.nobelcenter.se/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/THE-NOBEL-SNOWFLAKE_BOARDS_low-res.pdf