FC Barcelona is planning to upgrade its existing Camp Nou home and has awarded Japanese studio Nikken Sekkei the design contract along with local firm Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes.
The ‘El Espai Barça’ project will take on an investment of $650m which will be partially funded by selling the stadium name – as in Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. Work is scheduled to be completed in February 2021 and capacity increased to 105,000 from its present 99,354.
A Barcelona statement read, “The Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic.
“It is also notable for its relationship with the environment, providing depth, creating shadows and making members the stars of the facade and of the open area at all times. The proposal presents a very subtle attempt to intervene in the environment to facilitate circulation and achieve diverse urban usage in the Barça Campus and guarantees a clear and safe construction.
“In short, it is a unique solution, reproducing the characteristic vision of the grandstand and canopy, from the inside out, a silent and powerful tribute to the stadium built by Francesc Mitjans in 1957.”