Redevelopment for Europe’s largest football stadium receives top accolade
IDOM celebrate win at International Architecture Awards
Tenderstream member IDOM and b720, in collaboration with Nikken Sekkei, are celebrating a win at the International Architecture Awards in the Sports and Recreation category for the Camp Nou project, which involves the redevelopment of Europe’s largest football stadium, located in Barcelona. The design is notable for introducing a comprehensive upgrade, while maintaining the character of the original structure. The awards, organised by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Design and Urban Studies, announced the winners on 15th September at a gala ceremony in Athens.
The celebrations continued for the Camp Nou design team, who joined FC Barcelona and its fans to mark the award while attending a match between the home club and Royal Antwerp. During a pre-match encounter, Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, received the trophy from design team representatives including César Azcárate, IDOM sports architecture director and Diego Rodríguez, IDOM Camp Nou project director.
The winning Camp Nou design preserves two existing stands from the 1957 structure, while adding a third stand and doubling the size of the hospitality areas and providing a roof over the entire seating capacity. The in-depth revision makes it possible to develop three large terraces open to Barcelona and its Mediterranean climate, while at the same time improving functionality and accessibility. An internal esplanade for spectators will feature on the first level, together with a large upper viewing platform and a new reception area which will welcome visitors to the Barça Museum and the Camp Nou Tour.