What is the controversy surrounding Nobel Centre?

What is the controversy surrounding Nobel Centre?

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Well-known British architect, David Chipperfield Architects had won the competition for the project to design Nobel Centre in Stokholm way back in 2014. The aim was to create a building to host future Nobel Prize ceremonies in the fields of sciences, literature and economics. However, the project is yet to start. Do you what is preventing the project from taking off?

Original plans of the project included an auditorium for presenting the prizes and also exhibition, education, conference and hospitality facilities, with a restaurant and bar placed on the top floor.

However, the project faced the opposition of residents groups, political parties and heritage organisations who felt that it would be gigantic and too dominant. The opponents had complained that the centre would replace a 140-year-old customs house and other historic harbourside buildings next to the National Museum on Blasieholmen peninsula.

The Swedish court upholding the objections to the project has recently blocked the construction of Centre. The Court has said that the project would harm the capital’s picturesque waterfront, a cultural heritage site, the land and environment.

Interestingly, changes were made to original plans considering the opposition to the project. The revised version of the building had made changes to the size of the building and was presented to the public in 2016 and subsequently approved by Stockholm’s City Planning Committee. This was followed by an approval from the Stockholm County Administrative Board in 2017.