Japanese studio wins Camp Nou tender

Barcelona have confirmed Japanese studio Nikken Sekkei has won the right to redevelop Camp Nou with work to begin next year.

Plans were submitted to a jury of five Barca members, three Catalan architects and a local council member, and Nikken Sekkei, who work with Catalunya’s Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes, have been selected.

“The Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic,” the club wrote on their website.

“It is also 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 proposal presents a very subtle attempt to intervene in the environment to facilitate circulation and achieve diverse urban usage in the Barca Campus and guarantees a clear and safe construction.

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.”

President Josep Maria Bartomeu was among the five Barca members on the panel, and another of the quintet was architect Juan Pablo Mitjans, son of the aforementioned Francesc, Mundo Deportivo notes.

Nikken Sekkei beat eight other contenders for the contract and Barca only considered tenders from international firms working with local firms.

A public presentation of the New Camp Nou project will be made in a matter of weeks, and Mundo Deportivo adds that work will begin in 2017 and run until 2021.

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