HOK and TAC Arquitectes to design new 10,000-seat arena for FC Barcelona

11 February 2016 (Last Updated February 11th, 2016 18:30)

Sports venue designer HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes have been selected to design a new arena for FC Barcelona in Spain.

Sports venue designer HOK and Barcelona-based TAC Arquitectes have been selected to design a new arena for FC Barcelona in Spain.

The project forms a part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the existing city centre facilities at Mini Estadi, a 15,276-seat stadium located across from Camp Nou.

To be built on the current site of the Mini Estadi, the new arena is scheduled to open in time for the 2019-2020 FC Barcelona Lassa basketball season.

The new Palau Blaugrana will replace the existing 7,500-seat arena and be able to accommodate 10,000 spectators.

"We're excited about the benefits that this project will bring to FC Barcelona and to this cosmopolitan city."

In addition to the new arena, the companies will also design an auxiliary court for 2,000 spectators and an ice rink at the stadium.

HOK's sports, recreation and entertainment practice director John Rhodes said: "Our design creates an organic building geometry that supports a seamless progression between the New Palau, the annex court, the ice rink and the FCB Escola academy training facilities.

"We're excited about the benefits that this project will bring to FC Barcelona and to this cosmopolitan city."

The arena with shared locker rooms, 18 VIP boxes and two sky bars will be able to accommodate different sporting events while meeting the requirements of Euroleague basketball.

HOK London office managing principal Daniel Hajjar said: "We look forward to working with the Barcelona City Council, the Barça technical teams, the residents of Barcelona and TAC Arquitectes to further develop and integrate our winning concept with the rest of the Espai Barça project and the city centre."

The HOK-TAC design was selected from among 19 responses to the architectural tender.