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FC Barcelona New Palau Blaugrana Arena

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Barcelona, Spain

Serving as the new home for FC Barcelona, a

capacity on one side. The tighter, steeper

places. A large exterior projection screen

Social + cultural events: 12,500 seats

Euroleague basketball team, as well as FCB’s

bowl offers exceptional sightlines and

under the roof broadcasts live footage of

handball, futsal and roller hockey teams, this

captures noise to create an intense spectator

events to fans in the public plaza.

arena replaces the original 7,500-seat Palau

environment. Premium amenities include

Blaugrana, which opened in 1971. It is a key

luxury VIP boxes and sky bars/lounges with

The project incorporates an adjacent

component of a broader initiative to improve

court views.

court with capacity for 2,000 spectators,

Completion: 2019

FC Barcelona’s facilities and create the Espai Barça sports and entertainment district.

an ice rink and the FCB Escola academy Using customized digital tools, designers

training facilities.

calibrated the venue and bowl geometries to The building connects to the district’s existing

optimize viewing quality as well as the shape

Sustainable design strategies conserve

and planned development, forming a physical

and dimensions of event spaces. The compact

energy and water, minimize waste, and

and visual anchor while making a bold,

building span reduces structural costs and

incorporate local plants and materials. Water-

contemporary statement.

improves operational efficiencies. A flexible,

saving fixtures, daylighting, low-emission

retractable seating configuration adapts for

materials, building automation systems and

different uses.

paperless ticketing enhance efficiencies.

the energy, passion and movement of

To engage people beyond the arena’s walls,

HOK is designing the facility in collaboration

the performances that take place inside.

the design blends the indoors and outdoors.

with TAC Arquitectes.

An elegant, metallic facade creates

An open-air concourse celebrates the

transparencies that provide dramatic views

Mediterranean climate and generates new

into the action.

revenue opportunities through concession

Inspired by organic geometry and fluid shapes, the arena’s curvilinear form complements

areas and year-round amenities. Outdoor

◄ approach view

Designed to emulate a theater environment,

patios, plazas and green spaces across the

the asymmetrical seating plan provides more

vehicle-free site act as informal gathering

2016 design annual

Basketball: 12,000 seats

2016 HOK Design Annual  

HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.

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