The Japanese architecture firm SANAA entered the bid for the new headquarters of the Nobel Prize committee, submitting a series of translucent, intersecting spheres that recall both a global unity and a transparency of process. The city of Stockholm acts as both the backdrop and the visual wall of the space, bring the outside world into the inner workings of the prize committee.

Last we heard from SANAA, they were losing out to design behemoth Zaha Hadid Design on their bid for the Japanese National Staidum. We’ll see how the stack up against the other designs submitted by David Chipperfield, Wingardh Arkitektontor, and Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor. The winner will be announced in April 2014.

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[via Designboom]