BARCELONA: World, European and Spanish champions Barcelona have unveiled plans for the redevelopment of Camp Nou.
The club has announced that work on the €600m project is scheduled to begin during the 2017-18 season and is expected to be completed during the 2021-22 campaign.
The upgrades should not inconvenience the club or its supporters as the phased changes are intended to ensure football can continue unhindered.
The capacity of the redeveloped stadium will rise to 105,000.
The new design by the Nikken Sekkei and Pascual-Ausió group was presented to the media at an event held at the Camp Nou. The presentation was attended by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was joined by sporting and institutional representatives, former players as well as players and coaches from the current first team.
The club says that that new look will incorporate elements from the existing stadium, including the overhanging roof, which harks back to the stadium’s orginal design by architect Francesc Mitjans.
“The architectural project for the New Nou Camp is rooted in the singularity of the overhanging roof of the current stadium’s main stand, which is of unique sentimental value as a reminder of the original design by Mitjans,” read a statement on the club’s website.
“Sekkei and Pascual-Ausió have reinterpreted this feature and extended it across the whole stadium over all three level, while also turning it out towards the street, going from inside to out to form the exterior coverings for the common areas. The New Camp Nou will be a stadium like no other in the world.
“The New Camp Nou will offer excellent visibility from all seating areas. The first level will be completely new and built in a more parabolic and vertical style. The second tier will maintain its current structure while offering ideal visibility with the addition of increased comfort, accessibility and services, including the third tier, which will run round the whole ground above the main stand. Above that, there will be a 360° walkway with connections both with the inside of the stadium and the outside city.”