Cityscape: New home for FC Barcelona unveiled

A model of the new home for FC Barcelona has been unveiled at Cityscape by Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei.

The $430m Nou Camp Nou project requirements include a complete refurbishment, a roof installation, and a capacity increase from 99,000 to 105,000 spectators.

Construction work is due to start in 2017 and will be complete by 2021, during which time the stadium will remain operational.

“It is a great honour to have been trusted with the opportunity to participate in the design of the New Camp Nou stadium, building on the legacy of the existing one.

“I hope fans and real estate professionals alike visiting Cityscape will want to come to our stand and take a look at a football stadium that is not only aesthetic in design, but functional, smart and sustainable,” Masakazu Kimura, a principal and executive officer at Nikken Sekkei.

This is the first time that renderings and the 500/1 scale physical model will be on show in the Middle East.

Fadi Jabri, (pictured right) regional director of Nikken Sekkei, explained the design philosophy behind the stadium project.

“There is a long history behind the existing stadium and it is a source of much pride for the city and its people,” he said. “We wanted to preserve the essence of the original design but also open it out to the surroundings = in effect it speaks to the city.

“People can see some of the interior as it is open to the elements and the lighting will change colour so those outside can feel the mood generated during a match

The bidding process began in June 2015, with a total of 26 teams initially presenting bids, and in September 2015, the Espai Barça jury and technical committee shortlisted eight teams for the definitive tender for the stadium.

Earlier this year, FC Barcelona announced that the Espai Barça jury had unanimously selected the design bid tendered by Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes.

According to officials of the jury, the design stood out for being “open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic|.

“We were told that our design was also noted for its relationship with the environment, providing depth, creating shadows and presenting a very subtle attempt to intervene in the environment to facilitate circulation and achieve diverse urban usage,” said Jabri,

The jury  called it “a silent and powerful tribute” to the ori9ginal stadium designed by Francesc Mitjans, Josep Soteras and Lorenzo García Barbón in 1957.