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Designing the New Camp Nou with Digital Tools

WIRED UK | 3:09

Designing the New Camp Nou with Digital Tools

Peter Smisek

29 March 2018

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RENOVATING an iconic sporting venue is never a simple task - but using digital tools can make things easier.

In a new video released by WIRED, Espai Barça commissioner Jordi Moix i Latas and architect Yoshiyuki Uchiyama from engineering and architecture firm Nikken Sekkei discuss how working in a building information modelling (BIM) environment helped design the new Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Camp Nou was originally built in 1957 and the last substantial expansion of the stadium was in 1980.

A number of smaller alterations followed, including the addition of the FC Barcelona museum in 1988 and works to replace some standing room with seating in 1994, before standing was phased out altogether in 1999. The venue’s current capacity is 99,354.

Above: An aerial view of the existing Camp Nou stadium (image courtesy of WIRED UK /FC Barcelona).

Although the club wanted to expand Camp Nou in the mid 2000s, this proved impossible during the financial crisis. It was only in 2014 that the club decided it would move forward with expanding and improving its existing facilities.

Above and Below: The renovation of the stadium aims to expand capacity and improve the overall visitor experience ( images courtesy of FC Barcelona).

The project proposes to complete the third seating tier around the stadium, increasing capacity to 105,000, while adding a 50,000 square metre canopy over the seating.


Above: One of the new public facilities will be the publicly accessible "rambla" on the stadium's third tier (image courtesy of WIRED UK/ FC Barcelona).

The third tier will include a public platform called “rambla” after Barcelona’s famous central avenue with all parking relocated underground so that areas at ground level can be freed up for public space.

Above: One of the original blueprints from the 1980s, when the last major renovation of the stadium was completed (image courtesy of WIRED UK/ FC Barcelona).

In order to proceed with these plans, the current building had to be reconstructed in digital form, and a number of simulations, including crowd modelling, were used to insure the design’s suitability.

Above and Below: A full graphical model of the stadium enabled architects and engineers to conduct a series of important simulations, such as modelling crowd behaviour (images courtesy of WIRED UK).

Crucially, 4D planning was used in order to phase the stadium's building works while honouring the club’s intention to stay operational during the football season.

Above: FC Barcelona intends to play at the stadium during the extensive renovation (image courtesy of WIRED UK/ FC Barcelona).

Although the project initially intended to break ground in 2017 for a 2021 completion, financial circumstances mean that construction is now set to start in 2018, with the new stadium due for completion in 2022.

Camp Nou’s transformation is set to cost USD $798 million.


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