The new Camp Nou
The remodelled stadium will be seen as a single architectural entity. The entire stadium building is contained within a clearly defined volume and has a unified external appearance created by its mosaic enclosure.
The additional spaces and facilities within the stadium are fully integrated both functionally and architecturally.
By the end of the Camp Nou’s remodelling its visitors will see a transformed stadium:
•The image of the remodelled stadium will be distinctive and unique to FCB. Its carefully considered architecture is strong and vibrant. It will ensure that the Camp Nou stadium image will be a unique enduring and one which can be expected to become included as part of FCB’s brand identity.
•Everybody will instantly see the stadium’s new external appearance as a strong and bold manifestation of FCB within the urban setting. This will be seen as fitting proudly into the City of Barcelona’s architectural heritage of distinctive and colourful buildings. They will appreciate it as a thoroughly
modern stadium built upon on a proud heritage.
•FCB’s regular fans will be able to enjoy a transformed public amenity provision. New escalators will take them up to the upper levels of the stadium and there will be substantially increased public concourse circulation areas which will have a greatly increased number of toilets and food/refreshment outlets.
•The remodelled stadium segregates the circulation routes of stadium visitors from stadium operations by the creation of new vertical and horizontal routes.
•The stadium will meet the highest standards of spectator safety and will fully provide for disabled spectators.
•Spectators will have a much rationalized and clearer distribution of entry points into the respective parts
of the stadium on all sides.
•The new stadium will have a complete 360 degree two-lane service road and new ring corridor for FCB operational staff.
• The stadium will provide significantly improved facilities for both written and broadcast press segregated from public areas
•The club’s players, officials and staff will all enjoy stadium’s new players changing areas, Presidential suite, operational areas and Club offices.
•FCB’s VIP Hospitality spectators will experience a hugely expanded hospitality provision in new dedicated VIP areas on both sides of the stadium. These VIP areas will offer exceptional space and service standards to meet the increased expectation and demands for such areas.
It’s superlative new facilities and will provide FCB with and excellent base to move with confidence into the future.
Identity: The roof and the external façade
The architectural proposal described here places a strong emphasis on giving the stadium a vital and distinctive presence within the urban fabric it is situated.
The stadium will become well known not just for its distinctive appearance from within its seating bowl but also its dramatic new external architecture.
The design of the stadium’s exterior façade will allow for the stadium to transform itself between day and night and also between non-match days and match days. The stadium’s volume is enveloped within a mosaic veil of coloured tiles. The tiles are a mixture of coloured polycarbonate panels and coloured glass panels. These give the stadium a distinctive outer skin which will make a visual matrix of colour, shade and reflections.
At night the stadium will be energized by lights built into the façade to become a beacon to attract fans and respond to the excitement of the match itself. This appearance can be expected to place the stadium as a “must-see” venue for both football fans and architecture admirers who visit the city of Barcelona. It should be expected that the external image of the stadium will become a recognized brand for FCB.
The mosaic screen wrapping around he sides of the stadium is composed of an array of coloured polycarbonate panel tiles which embody the colours of FC Barcelona. The panels are fixed to a diagrid cable net which is tensioned between the roof level above he seating bowl and the ground. The accumulated effect of the screen will provide rain protection to the naturally ventilated spaces within the stadium including the public concourse areas.
From outside the stadium the mosaic tiles will create a vibrant effect of colours and reflections. From inside the stadium the tiles will filter the different components of the club colours into the various internal spaces.
External Facade Animated Lighting Effect
Integrated within the coloured tiles of the side enclosure are special lighting elements which mean that the entire external façade can be used for animated lighting displays. The entire stadium enclosure will work as a giant screen which can project moving full-colour images to the stadium surround. Such images can range from low-key ambient displays to vibrant and more detailed displays on event-nights.
The roof over the stadium carries an extension of the stadium’s external mosaic over the stadium seating bowl. The colours of the Club will also be seen in the soffit of the roof. The density of the colours reduces towards the inside edge of the roof where it blends into the sky. The roof enclosure is a lightweight translucent enclosure composed of coloured polycarbonate panels fixed to the top surface of the cable net structure.
Visually, the roof provides an architecturally lightweight presence above to the stadium. The roof is supported by an efficient two-way pre-stressed cable net system spanning across the large dimensions of the Camp Nou’s seating bowl. Via