The jury states that the MAX IV Laboratory receives the prize for its strong sculptural shape and innovative landscape, as well as the many human qualities of the project. The jury further thinks that the development has great potential to be an important landmark in an emerging ‘knowledge region’, but even more importantly that the design has created a productive space where the future conditions are shaped through cooperation between people from all over the world.
Located in Lund, Sweden, MAX IV opened summer 2016. The project is a collaboration where Fojab Architects have created the synchrotron facility, while Snøhetta has designed the 19 hectares’ landscape park. The landscape design is designed to support the performance of the laboratory research including measures such as mitigating ground vibrations, storm water management, and meeting the city’s ambitious sustainability goals.