3XN plan textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters
image © nobelhuset AB / 3XN
all images courtesy of 3XN

 

 

 

reflecting the nature of the nobel prize, ‘butterfly’ is an open and democratic piece of architecture, which forms a coherent and direct relationship with its surrounding environment. located in stockholm, sweden, 3XN‘s competition entry is a textured, permeable and fluid design which would house the organization’s headquarters, in addition to serving as an important public cultural hub.

 

 

3XN plans textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters
the scheme’s new public plaza
image © nobelhuset AB / 3XN

 

 

 

two grand staircases connect the interior of the scheme, where a welcoming foyer offers expansive views of the waterfront, blurring divisions between indoor and outdoor space. the height, volume and materials of the proposal respect neighboring structures, helping to integrate the new building within the urban landscape.

 

 

3XN plans textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters
brightly lit internal spaces offer views across the harbor
image © nobelhuset AB / 3XN

 

 

 

special attention has been given to the acoustics inside the main auditorium, where the proposal’s undulating wavelike forms are continued. at roof level, a terrace provides expansive views across the harbor towards the city center.

 

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

 

 

3XN plans textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters
the sweeping curved forms of the auditorium
image © nobelhuset AB / 3XN

 

 

3XN plans textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters
the building would form part of a cultural complex in the swedish capital
image © nobelhuset AB / 3XN

 

 

3XN plans textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters
the waterfront complex
image © nobelhuset AB / 3XN

 

 

3XN plans textured butterfly for waterfront nobel headquarters

 

project info:

 

client: nobel center
gross floor area: 20,000 sqm
3xn team: kim herforth nielsen, jan ammundsen, audun opdal, filip lipinski, laura wagner, juan david ramirez, jan sørensen