Freshly selected winning design of Camp Nou will see the stadium grow to 105,000 by 2021. Chosen concept is already controversial for its simplicity. Take a look to get an opinion!
Just two hours ago FC Barcelona revealed the most anticipated stadium design in Europe. The winning bid for Camp Nou’s reconstruction is fundamentally different from the one selected in 2007 and later scrapped.
Instead of an enclosed bowl FC Barcelona opted for a maximally open layout with nothing standing between fans on the three promenades around the stadium (first one being the ground level) and outer surroundings.
The defining aesthetic feature are three ceilings for each promenade, slanted and highly visible from pedestrian perspective. Nikken Sekkei and Pascual i Ausió created a simple, subtle and timeless space that will utilize natural ventilation and shading to provide comfort to spectators in this Mediterranean venue.
As the stadium is set to grow to 105,000, seating layout will change noticeably and along with it so will all access routes. Notable addition: unprecedented number of escalators. The seating layout is thought to deliver optimal sight lines to all fans, spreading them on 84 rows (25 in the lower tier, below ground level, 31 in the middle and 28 in the upper tier). All of the stadium will be covered by 47,000 square meters of membrane.
The concept was selected in a two-level competition. First, 26 teams of architects filed their bids in mid-2015. Then a technical committee shortlisted 8 of them, assuring that each international office had a Spanish/Catalan partner. Finally a jury of 10 members (5 for FCB, 4 for Catalan College of Architects and 1 for the City Council) chose the winner on March 8, 2016.
Reconstruction is set to begin during the 2017/18 season and should end in 2020/21.
Below you can find the entire list of design competition finalists:
- Nikken Sekkei + Joan Pascual-Ramon Ausió Arquitectes (winners)
- HKS + COX + Batell i Roig Arquitectes
- BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes
- POPULOUS + Mias Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes
- KSS Architects + Mateo Arquitectura
- Gensler Sport + OAB
- Arup Sport + Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura
- AECOM + b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos