Nikken Sekkei to showcase new Barcelona football stadium at Cityscape in Dubai

Japanese architects Nikken Sekkei will showcase the design for the New Camp Nou, the iconic Barcelona football stadium at this year’s Cityscape Global exhibition in Dubai.

The existing Camp Nou is one of the largest stadiums in Europe and is now going to be expanded and renovated by the Japanese architecture studio.

The proposal for the new stadium includes plans for a complete refurbishment, a roof installation, and a capacity increase from 99,000 to 105,000 spectators. Construction for the new stadium is planned for next year, and is set for completion by 2021, during which time the stadium will remain operational.

It will be first time that images and a physical model will be on show in the Middle East and visitors will have a chance to speak to architects from Nikken Sekkei’s Dubai-based design team, who all played a supporting role in the bid. Members of the central bid team will also be present.

“It is a great honor 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,” said Tadao Kamei, president & CEO, Nikken Sekkei.

The bidding process began in June 2015, with a total of 26 teams initially presenting their bids to design the new stadium. By September 2016, the Espai Barç jury and technical committee had shortlisted eight teams for the definitive tender for New Camp Nou.

Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Earlier this year, FC Barcelona announced that the jury had selected the proposal by by Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes.

“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 Dr. Fadi Jabri, regional director and executive officer, Nikken Sekkei.

The jury added that the firm’s design posed a unique solution in reproducing the characteristic vision of the grandstandstand canopy, from inside out, paying a silent tribute to the original design and its designers, Frances Mitjans, Josep Soteras and Lorenzo García Barbón in 1957.

Nikken Sekki, in addition to the New Camp Nou showcase, will be presenting projects from Mumbai and Moscow.