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SANAA proposes transparent spheres for nobel headquarters
dec 03, 2013
SANAA proposes transparent spheres for nobel headquarters


SANAA proposes transparent spheres for nobel headquarters
image © nobelhuset AB

 

 

 

SANAA‘s proposal for the nobel center headquarters in stockholm, sweden, features six transparent spheres of varying proportions crafted to reflect the city’s undulating skyline. designed to serve as both a place of learning and an site of relaxation, the ‘nobel sphere’ competition entry would form a new civic forum for the region, open to the public all year round.

 

 


a new park will be open to the public throughout the year
image © nobelhuset AB

 

 

 

the globed volumes merge and intersect, creating a series of spaces which feel connected to all parts of the site. the transparent skin of the design ensures that interior areas form a constant and direct bond with the surrounding context, cementing the center’s relationship with the waterfront, and offering unobstructed views to other parts of the city.

 

 


the transparent skin of the structure ensures a close relationship with the surrounding area
image © nobelhuset AB

 

 

 

the zero energy building provides comfortable conditions for its occupants throughout the year. during warm summer months the interior is shaded and cooled naturally, clad with retractable photovoltaic membranes, while advanced ventilation systems ensure that air is constantly circulated and recycled. throughout sweden’s cold winters, the spheres become warm and inviting glowing beacons, offering respite from the external climate.

 

for designboom’s further coverage of the nobel center headquarters competition entries click here.

 

 


the auditorium provides panoramic views across stockholm, using the city as a backdrop
image © nobelhuset AB

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