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FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel

FC Barcelona has announced 14 teams in the running for two planned overhauls of their facilities at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, including alterations to their main stadium and the rebuilding of the Palau Blaugrana, the nearby arena owned by the club and used primarily for basketball and handball. The alterations to the two buildings are part of a larger €600 million project, known officially as "Nou Espai Barça," which seeks to improve the club's entire campus, also adding an ice skating rink, new offices, 5,000 parking spaces and improving the outdoor space surrounding the facilities. The Nou Espai Barça project was approved by the club's fanbase last April after a 72% vote in favor of the proposal.

The list names eight teams - including BIG, Populous, HKS and Arup Sport - in the running for the overhaul of the stadium itself, which will involve the addition of almost 6,000 seats to bring the stadium's total capacity to 105,000, increasing the stadium's lead as the largest football stadium in Europe. It will also include a complete redesign of the lowest seating tier to offer improved views, and the addition of a roof over the terraces. Also named are the six teams in the running to rebuild the Palau Blaugrana.

Casa Nolla / OAB

  • Architects: OAB
  • Location: Avinguda Doctor Pouplana, 29, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Carlos Ferrater, Joan Guibernau
  • Collaborators: Nuria Ayala
  • Structure: Juan Carlos Capilla
  • Constructor: Arteco
  • Area: 620.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Alejo Bague

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Colonial Viladoms Houses / OAB

© Alejo Bague
© Alejo Bague

Architects: OAB  - Office of Architecture in Barcelona Location: Castellbell i el Vilar, Spain Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Nuria Ayala Technical Architect: Alexandre Pararols Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Alejo Bague

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Evangelical Temple in Terrassa / OAB

© Alejo Bagué
© Alejo Bagué

Architects: OAB Location: Terrassa, Spain Project Architects: Carlos Ferrater y Lucía Ferrater Technical Architect: Enric Betlinski Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Alejo Bagué

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Roca Barcelona Gallery / OAB

  • Architects: OAB
  • Location: C/ Joan Güell 211, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team: Borja Ferrater, Lucia Ferrater, Carlos Ferrater
  • Structure: Jordi Bernuz
  • Facade: Talleres INOX - Cricursa
  • Client: Roca Sanitario S.A.
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Alejo Bagué

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Architecture City Guide: Barcelona

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This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Barcelona. We recently featured an engaging video where Wiel Arets half jokingly said Barcelona is fantastic but boring. He continued to say as soon as Sagrada Família is finished Barcelona is done; there is nothing left to do there (10:50). Arets can say what he wants about Barcelona supposedly being boring, but our city guide doesn’t reflect this. Barcelona is filled with fantastically expressive architecture that springs from its proud Catalan culture. It was impossible to feature all our readers suggestions in the first go around, and we did not even come close to including some of the most iconic building such as Casa Milà. Thus we are looking to add to our list of 24 in the near future. Further more there are so many fabulous buildings on the drawing board or under construction, i.e. the projects in the @22 district, we’ll most likely be updating this city guide for quite awhile, regardless of Sagrada Família’s completion.

Take a look at our list with the knowledge it is far complete and add to it in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Barcelona list and corresponding map after the break.