A world-class arena for a world-class club

  • Shortlisted competition proposals for FC Barcelona’s new Palau Blaugrana
  • A design with the club’s fans and history at its heart
  • Sets new standards for multi-purpose arena design

We were honoured to take part in this exciting, prestigious competition and are delighted our work has been so highly rated.

Stuart Blower
Lead architect, Make

Project Details

Location Barcelona, Spain
Status Design/Concept
Sectors Sports and leisure,
Area 45,000m²/484,400ft²
Client FC Barcelona

In 2016 Make came second in a hotly contested international competition to design the new Palau Blaugrana stadium for FC Barcelona. In partnership with Baena Casamor Arquitectes BCQ and MANICA Architecture, we designed a world-class 12,500-seat sports and entertainment destination as part of a wider masterplan that has the Palau and Camp Nou at its heart.

Our state-of-the-art design is rooted in the history of FCB and what it means to wear the Blaugrana colours – as a player, as a fan and as a building. It reflects the very best of Catalan architecture and building traditions, and is respectful of the local environment, including the Camp Nou. An orthogonal bowl defines the stadium’s principal form, with concessions, support facilities and circulation areas tightly following this shape. Along with easing energy requirements and maximising flexibility of use, this design provides a respectful yet strong identity – one that defines the Palau Blaugrana as a unique, noteworthy venue in its own right, not simply a ‘mini Camp Nou’.

An auxiliary building houses additional amenities, including an indoor handball arena and the FC Barcelona youth academy. Sensitive landscaping connects the two buildings and knits them into the broader scheme.

Compact, efficient, functional and flexible – our design sets new industry standards for multi-purpose arenas across the world. It has a human side, too. At its heart is the local community, whose rich history and fierce allegiance have made FCB the successful club it is today.