Champions League Architecture!


To commemorate the victory of Barcelona in this years Champions League, we will look at the architecture of the L’Estadi Camp Nou that was built between 1954 and 1957, and was due to be refurbished by British Architect Norman Foster.

Although originally planned to be called Estadi del FC Barcelona, the more popular name Camp Nou was used.  It was designed by architects Francesc Mitjans-Miró, García Barbon and Soteras Mauri. Even though it has a capacity of 99,354, it is still regularly sold out. For this reason the club decided to to extend and refurbish the stadium.

Existing Nou Camp

In 2007, Foster + Partners won the redesign the  arena with a multicolored exterior influenced by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. The stadium was to be enlarged to accommodate over 106,000 fans, together with extensive new facilities including hospitality and public areas. A new roof would also have been created to shelter the fans. The stadium was to be enclosed by a brightly coloured mosaic outer skin that wraps around the building and continues over a new roof. The multi-coloured enclosure would comprise of overlapping translucent tiles in the club colours. The myriad of tiles would be seen as symbolising the loyalty and devotion of FC Barcelona’s fans worldwide.

Norman Foster Design Model

But in October 2010, Bloomberg reported that the plan had been shelved.

Read more about the proposed redesign – Award-winning British architect Norman Foster has been chosen to transform this iconic stadium into a world class symbol of Barcelona and Catalonia and “an international architectural reference point for the 21st century.” The new design….. – The new roof will cover all the seated places of the stadium. This roof will be also covered with the same facade mosaic….. – the postponement of building – History of the Stadium and its building – Norman Foster – details of the proposal