Saturday, September 19, 2015

Viktor Barth Crown: New Nobel center will not make everyone happy – Daily News







Lower, leaner, and without a garage. The changes on the Nobel Foundation and the City of Stockholm’s prestigious project Nobel Center is probably enough to manage to budge through it – but hardly to silence criticism.




Lower, leaner, and without a garage. The changes on the Nobel Foundation and the City of Stockholm’s prestigious project Nobel Center is probably enough to manage to budge through it – but hardly to silence criticism.

The planned Nobel center on Blasieholmen has shrunk. But not as much as the ordinary planned skyscraper in Stockholm – it is about 3 meters in height and 4.5 meters in width. A terrace has been added, while the underground garage and its associated, bulky ramp disappeared.

Adequate measures to be able to claim that you tried to move the critics to meet, but hardly enough to silence the critics. The main criticisms have certainly been about the house would be too high and wide, but also it would be too modernistic and square and that in general should not be built on the site. There is already an old customs building – certainly not used for that purpose since the 1940s, but still. And besides the National Museum in danger of falling into shadow, it has been called.



When the City of Stockholm and the Nobel Foundation invites to a press conference on Thursday, the cheerful faces, not least among the responsible city planning commissioner Roger Mogert (S). Nobel center is positive for Stockholm, in many ways, he says, and adds that he sees it as fundamentally important to get away from the complex says that new architecture should not get reflected in Stockholm.

It is easy to agree, in general. Stockholm’s landmark buildings is in most cases quite old – City Hall and City Library from 1920, the National Museum from the 1800s, the castle from the 1700s. And so on. If even our time to have a monumental building, it is also difficult to see any feature that would justify it better than the Nobel Prize.

Customs House and the old port warehouse, available on the site said today by its proponents to be important for understanding the history of Stockholm as the archipelago town. Let go of it, even if the actual archipelago remains. At the same time it may be argued that if someone in the future will have a chance to understand the history of Stockholm since 1930 so there may well be an idea to let even the set shutter in the central city.

One can nevertheless note that the revised proposal is precisely to adapt and blend in – at least in terms of size. In its expression it is still the same house, and both the customs house and port warehouses will remain off.

The architect David Chipperfield , whose square brass creation won an architectural competition with hundreds of invitees, points out that the main task when designing a house of this type is to ensure what it should contain. A possibly obvious, but at the same time understandable perspective because the debate here easily stayed at the color, shape and height.
The second task is to interact with the environment. He says that it has been able to adjust the size but the contents are adversely affected.

Chipperfield to create a house that is available to the public, he says. It is a recurring remark during the press conference: This will primarily be a public house, no end Headquarters.

The Nobel Foundation CEO Lars Heikensten adds:

“We do not build a house just to make it fit on the site. We are building a house that we want to make something of it. “

Among this some are , as planned, an open, free ground floor with changing exhibitions and refreshments, two plan exhibitions and educational activities, a plan for future conferences on major issues and another that will contain the large auditorium for including Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. An audience terrace has been added up here, maybe also a bar.

As the objection to the voices that wanted to place a Nobel Center anywhere else than on Blasieholmen says Lars Heikensten that the options mentioned in this debate have been investigated, but found unsuitable from including communications standpoint. There is a reason that you did not build the Culture House in Vinterviken or in Haga, he states.
Sure. But if they had built in the Kulturhuset in Haga, and then the Nobel center, so ..? Of course gets no area a tourist destination if no one starts to make it to one. One can object.

As always with stockholmska construction projects remains the obvious follow-up question: But will it get rid of, then?

Most indications are actually on it. Neither the CAA or the Armed Forces are said to have comments. Politically, there was a solid majority of positive batches before processing of the project. The Liberal Party is critical to the customs house is not preserved and the Christian Democrats because they do not like the architecture, but the parties collect no copious amounts seats in the council.

The matter will be up in the City Planning in October and Mayor Mogert hope that a plan may clubbing in the city council during the first quarter of 2016.
Nobel Opponents hope is thus primarily to the County Administrative Board, which was critical to the initial proposal, mainly because of its height, should still think it is too high and dominant. The County Administrative Board can then stop the whole thing.

Another possibility is that, for example, the Green Party decides to hold a party vote on the matter and thus create mess in the rödgrönrosa City Hall majority. Greater miracle has definitely taken place, so expect that the resistance continues.






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