Situated in the center of Oslo, the Nobel Peace Center (Nobels Fredssenter) first opened on June 11, 2005. Its opening coincided with the centenary of Norway's independence. Its opening was officiated by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. Calling an old train station from 1872 ìhome,î the building overlooks a nearby harbor providing an impressive view for visitors. The venue covers 16,000 square feet. On the outside, the center features twin brick towers, which face the adjacent city hall that hosts the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies. The center depicts the elaborate history of the famous Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) for whom the building is named after. Nobel was born Oct. 21, 1833, in Sweden. He was fluent in numerous languages and enjoyed writing drama and poetry. Nobelís deepest interest ran in the streams of social and peace-related issues. While his views were deemed radical at the time, they are now a popular way of thinking. Even more interesting, however, is how Nobel made his fortunate ñ selling arms to foreign countries. Ironically, The Nobel Peace Prize is a direct result of Nobelís will in which he left specific instructions for the prize and how recipients would be determined. The Norwegian Parliament, who Nobel left in charge of the prize committee, facilitates the selection of the recipients. The will also established a foundation that runs and manages the center. The Nobel Foundation manages the funding left by Nobel that is used to award the Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry, physiology, or medicine, peace, and literature. The foundation also administers information actives and arrangements involving the presentation ceremony of the prize. Additional it represents the Nobel Institutions and administers the Nobel Symposium Program. Other individuals featured at the Nobel Peace Center include Peace Prize Laureates. Individual exhibits detail recipients and their personal accomplishments related to the prize. Along with its exhibits, there are also films with interactive installations and digital communication to be utilized by visitors. In all, it serves as meeting grounds where reflections of war, peace, and conflict resolution converge. Visitors can explore the Nobel Peace Center during a guided tour, or on their own. The building also houses a small restaurant and gift shop for its patronsí pleasure. The Nobel Peace Center was created through the efforts of British architect David Adaye and American designer David Small. Numerous artists also contributed to the beauty of the building. While the inside of the venue barely resembles its original design, the exterior remains nearly intact. A protect landmark of Oslo, the designerís efforts were instructed to focus only on the interior of the building. Additionally, the center has been recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and modern design, making it one Osloís most popular sites to visit. Most notably, the center boasts electronic wall paper detailing information of the laureatesí peace efforts, the award process, and the Nobel family. It is also home to a cinema where short films regarding the nomination process, categories of the prizes and the actual presentation of the award to numerous recipients.