FC Barcelona presents project for new Camp Nou stadium

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The exterior of the current stadium.

British architect Norman Foster and FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta presented today in Barcelona the redevelopment project for the team's stadium, Camp Nou, built in 1957.

The Catalan club expects that this redesign will turn the stadium into a city landmark and that "the external image of the stadium will become a recognized brand for FCB." Works will begin in 2008.

The new stadium will be wrapped in a colourful mosaic made up of the team’s colours (blue and red) and those of the Catalan flag (red and yellow) and reminiscent of Gaudi's style. This reptile-like cover of tiles and lights will allow the stadium to transform itself according to the time of day and the events taking place. The project also includes the building of a retractable roof.

According to the Club, "the remodelled stadium is designed such that it can be built with minimal disruption FCB normal football activity."