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FC Barcelona has announced that the Espai Barça jury has unanimously selected the bid by Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes as the winner of the tender for the design of the new Camp Nou. The jury, made up of five FCB members, three members of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) and one member of Barcelona City Council, made its decision after a review of the different proposals by a technical commission in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations and requirements for the tender. The decision was made at a meeting held on Tuesday afternoon in the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room at Camp Nou.

The jury commented that the “Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic”.

They also said that it is “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 jury went on to say that 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”.

And in conclusion, they said “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”.

International Architectural Tender

Last June 5 brought the start of the the International Architectural Tender to select the projects for the new Camp Nou and the new Palau Blaugrana. The bidding process began with the publication of the regulations and selection criteria. The tender was run over two phases and was conducted in collaboration with the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya.

The jury was made up of five members of FC Barcelona, four from the Board of Directors and one architect; three members of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes; and one representative of Barcelona City Council. The FC Barcelona members of the Espai Barça jury were Josep Maria Bartomeu, Susana Monje, Jordi Moix, Emili Rousaud and architect Juan Pablo Mitjans. The Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) was represented by its dean Lluís Comeron, and architects Arcadi Pla and Joan Forgas, while the Council was represented by its assistant city planning manager, Aurora López.

The first phase of the tender involved the pre-qualification of the different teams on the basis of the regulations and selection criteria. A total of 45 teams initially presented bids, 26 for the new Camp Nou and 19 for the new Palau, along with their credentials and evidence of their experience of similar projects.

In September 2015, the Espai Barça jury and technical committee selected, from the original 26 candidatures, eight teams for the definitive tender for the new Camp Nou. The teams had to be composed of one international studio and one local one, and had to base their proposals on the list of conditions published by the technical commission overseeing the tender, which was made up of the Espai Barça technical board, led by the director of the Patrimonial Area, William T. Mannarelli, and two architects from the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).

The team formed by NIKKEN SEKKEI + Joan Pascual i Ramon Ausió Arquitectes was duly selected ahead of bids by: AECOM + B720 Arquitectes, AFL + Mateo Arquitectura, Arup Sport + Taller d’Arquitectura Ricardo Bofill, BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes, GENSLER Sport + OAB, HKS + COX + Batlle i Roig Arquitectes and POPULOUS + Mias Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The new Camp Nou

Work on the new Camp Nou is scheduled to start in the 2017/18 season and end in the 2021/22 season.

The design criteria states that all seats must be covered and protected from adverse weather conditions, the new roof must measure more than 47,000sqm and all seats must have a perfect view of the pitch, with the first tier being made steeper. Hospitality facilities will also be improved and new hi-tech LED screens added.

The winning team

The Japanese Nikken Sekkei company has been around for over 100 years and is one of Asia’s leading architectural and engineering studios. This company designed the Saitama Super Arena, the Big Swan Stadium in Niigata and the Tokyo Dome, all in Japan. This team is working with the Catalan studio Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes headed by Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausió, who have a long and proven history of experience in Barcelona involving residential buildings, office blocks and hotels, such as Hotel Diagonal Zero.

The Espai Barça sports district

The high-profile renovation is the biggest component of an ambitious €600m (US$651.9m, £467.4m) sports district called Espai Barça, which also includes the New Palau Balgrana multi-use arena, designed by US architects HOK.


Images courtesy: FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona has announced that the Espai Barça jury has selected the bid by the HOK + TAC Arquitectes team as the winner of the architectural tender for the New Palau Blaugrana. The jury, formed by five members of FCB, three members of the Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) and one member of Barcelona City Council, made their decision after a careful study of the different proposals, carried out by a technical commission, in accordance with specifically established regulations and the requirements of the tender process.

The bid by HOK + TAC Arquitectes is remarkably innovative with its concept of a multi-functional Palau, and is also outstanding for its permeability, flexibility and personality. With organic geometry, it offers a fine sequence between the Palau, annex court, ice rink and the FCB Escola facilities. The winning team will now commence working together with the Barça technical teams and the Barcelona City Council to make further specifications and work further on the integration of the new installations with the rest of the Espai Barça and the city.HOK Architecture is one of the most important firms in the United States in terms of architecture and engineering, with experience of all kinds of projects, all around the world. HOK developed the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Nationwide Arena in Ohio and the Stockton Arena in California. The team also has the experience of being the architects behind the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Locally, Eduard Gascón of TAC Arquitectes leads a solid team with extensive experience of the development of all kinds of projects in Barcelona, such as the award winning Parc del Turó de Can Mates, the Technology Centre in Manresa and different office buildings in Barcelona.

The duo overcame rival bids from Pattern Architects + Massip-Bosch Arquitectes, GMP + GCA Arquitectes, MAKE + BCQ Arquitectes, Francisco Mangado Arquitectos + Bach Arquitectes + R. Sanabria Arquitectes + I. Paricio and Wilkinson Eyre Architects + Alonso Balaguer Riera Arquitectes. The jury congratulated all of the entrants for the high level and quality of the different bids presented for tender.

The New Palau Blaugrana

The work on the New Palau Blaugrana is expected to start in the 2017/18 season and end in the 2019/20 season. The complex on which it will stand is on the current site of the Miniestadi, next to the new Camp Nou station on Metro Line 9, and will have three areas that can operate independently. One is the huge multi-purpose pavilion, with the capacity for 10,000 spectators at sports events. The others are an auxiliary court with a capacity of 2,000 and the other is a complementary ice rink.

The capacity of 10,000 meets the requirements of the Euroleague basketball competition and the seats will be arranged to be right next to the court, thus fostering a veritable ‘wave effect’.

Spectator Services

The New Palau will have wide areas that are easily accessed and conditioned for all services that spectators might require, and will be fully adapted for persons with reduced mobility.

The requirements included the need for the main and auxiliary courts to be located on the same level, with shared locker rooms and services for athletes, with each sports section having its own compact area including all necessary services, and for there to be 18 VIP boxes and two ‘skybars’ with views of the court, one of which can also function as a restaurant. It also needs to have a 200 m2 pressroom with work areas and specific services, and for access to the court to be via three tunnels to assist with assembly and disassembly of operations for different matches and other events.

The presentation of the New Palau Blaugrana construction project will take place at a public event to be held over the next few weeks.

Espai Barça

The FC Barcelona members unanimously approved the New Espai Barça, the project to transform the Club’s facilities, including the Camp Nou, Palau Blaugrana and Miniestadi. 72.36% of members gave the ‘green light’ to the remodelling and construction of the FC Barcelona premises at this site at a referendum held on 5 April 2014.

The tenders to select the architectonic projects for the construction of the New Camp Nou and New Palau Blaugrana, which began last June 5, entered the second phase with the selection of the shortlist of candidates, and the period for them to present their architectonic proposals for each installation.

The jury selected eight teams which were mainly made up of one international and one local studio each, to prepare their proposals for the New Camp Nou, and another six teams to do the same for the New Palau Blaugrana, in accordance with the recommendations made by the technical commission, made up of the Espai Barça team and two architects from the COAC.

A total of 45 teams took part in the first round of the tender, who had to present their credentials and experience of similar projects. The jury and the Espai Barça technical committee then selected the finalists, who were presented with guidelines showing all of the information required to put their projects together, along with the regulations and criteria for the second phase and all of the documentation compiled by the Espai Barça during the last year of work.

The New Camp Nou

Over the next few weeks, the jury is set to announce the winner of the project for the New Camp Nou. The eight candidates are as follows: AECOM + B720 Arquitectes, Arup Sport + Taller d’Arquitectura Ricardo Bofill, BIG + IDOM + BAAS Arquitectes, Gensler Sport + OAB, HKS + COX + Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, KSS + Mateo Arquitectura, Nikken Sekkei + Joan Pascual i Ramon Ausió Arquitectes and Populous + MIAS Arquitectes + RCR Arquitectes.

The New Miniestadi

The Batlle i Roig Arquitectes studio won the tender for the New Miniestadi, which ended last May, and will be built at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground for a cost of 12 million euros. The Batlle i Roig Arquitectes studio, which had already taken part in the architectonic design of the Ciutat Esportiva, has designed a New Miniestadi in keeping with the requirements of the tender. It will have the capacity for 6,000 spectators, adapted to UEFA category III, with covered terraces, 600 parking spaces and independently functioning from the Ciutat Esportiva. It is scheduled for opening in June 2017.


Image of the inside of the New Palau Blaugrana.



Images courtesy: FC Barcelona.

Main image: Panoramic image of the New Palau Blaugrana.

The second phase of the selection process for the Espai Barça project has begun, with eight teams to present their proposals for the New Camp Nou, and six others for the New Palau Blaugrana.

The competition for architectural projects for the construction of the New Camp Nou and the New Palau Blaugrana has moved into its second phase, with the announcement of the list of finalists. The jury has chosen eight teams, who will prepare their architectural proposals for the football stadium and another six teams who will do the same for the New Palau, based on recommendations made by the technical commission, made up of the Espai Barça team and two architects representing the College of Catalan Architects (COAC).

The Espai Barça jury is formed of five members from the Club, three members from the COAC and one member from Barcelona City Council. The representatives from FC Barcelona are Josep Maria Bartomeu, Susana Monje, Jordi Moix, Emili Rousaud and the architect Juan Pablo Mitjans. The members from COAC are Lluís Comerón and the architects Arcadi Pla and Joan Forgas, whilst the member from the City Council is Aurora López, City Director of Urban Planning.

The finalists have now received all the necessary technical information for the compilation of their projects, including the regulations, criteria and technical documentation from the Espai Barça team.

In the case of the design competition for the New Camp Nou, the teams have two months to submit their proposals and in the case of the New Palau, one and a half months.

After a technical examination of the proposals presented according to the criteria established in the regulations for the second phase and the final selection of the candidates by the technical committee, the jury will announce the winning projects.

Statement from President Josep Maria Bartomeu:

We have taken one step further in the development of the Espai Barça, which the members voted for in a referendum. We began a few months ago with the awarding of Miniestadi project, which is already underway, and now the jury has gathered to choose the finalists — eight teams of architects for the New Camp Nou and six for the New Palau Blaugrana. It was hard work, we reviewed many documents and many proposals, and I think we made a good choice and I am very grateful to the jury their work. It is an independent jury, with experts in the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and thanks to them we can say that we are now starting this second phase, which is very important to the Espai Barça. We are very satisfied with the level of studies presented and we believe that those chosen include many of the best firms in the world that do this kind of sports architecture and in time we will see the fruits. Now we have to wait a few months to see the finalists‘ proposals and reconvene the jury.

Statement from Director Jordi Moix:

The jury analysed studies from the technical committee and evaluated the 45 firms that made proposals for the Stadium and the Palau and, following the criteria outlined in the tender, the looked mainly at experience in these types of facilities, both stadiums and arenas; the teams got together along with thetechnical consultants who were experts in structures, facilities, roofs that collaborated with the candidates. We then chose the eight teams for Camp Nou and six for the Palau that we thought we could work with under theconditions that were outlined. Now, in this second phase, the finalists will work during the next three months according to the requirements that we set forth, from a construction, volume and operations point of view, and they’ll develop their projects. At the end of the year we’ll take a look at the projects and choose two winning proposals.

The finalists

For the New Camp Nou:









For the New Palau Blaugrana:








More details on the New Camp Nou:

The capacity will be 105,053, the interior construction of the stadium will rise from 40,000m² to 104,000 m² and work is due to end in 2021.

The first tier of the stadium will be fully reformed, with more vertical seating, offering significantly better views than in the existing venue.

The third tier will be completed on the west side of the ground, and a large roof will be installed over the whole of the terraces.