HOK design wins FC Barcelona basketball contract

International design studio HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes have won a competition to design a basketball arena next to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou football stadium.

The 10,000 seat venue will be built on a site across from the 99,354-seat football stadium and will be the home of professional basketball team FC Barcelona Lassa.

The main court will have seating located as close to the edge as possible to offer spectators a clear view of the action.

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment division said “We’re excited about the benefits that this project will bring to FC Barcelona and to this cosmopolitan city.”

A jury that included members of the FC Barcelona sports club selected the scheme from 19 other entries and praised it for its “permeability, flexibility and personality”.

The complex is expected to be complete in time for the 2019-2020 Euroleague basketball season.

A competition to remodel the Camp Nou is also currently underway, with high-profile architecture firms including BIG, Populous and AECOM all putting forward entries.