FC Barcelona New Palau Blaugrana Arena
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 with capacity for 2,000 spectators,
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
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-
improves operational efficiencies. A flexible,
saving fixtures, daylighting, low-emission
retractable seating configuration adapts for
materials, building automation systems and
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
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