Spanish architect ON-A has revealed its design for Nou Parc, a project that is intended to transform Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou stadium into a forest. Inside the forest, there is a 2.4km running route, picnic areas and two rainwater lakes to provide natural cooling. A panoramic view is available at the park’s highest point. The 260,000 square meters forest will link Barcelona’s Les Corts and the University Area, and will be located above the stadium and its facilities.
The project aims to increase the amount of green space per inhabitant, while creating 15,000kg of oxygen and absorbing 25,000kg of carbon dioxide a day.
Barcelona currently has just over 6 square meters of green areas per inhabitant. According to the World Health Organization, cities should have a minimum of 9 square meters. The office proposal for the Nou Parc, a forest that would cover the Camp Nou in Barcelona, aims to turn the area into a great green lung using bioarchitecture as a strategy for renaturation.
According to the philosophy of the office, the renaturation of cities and the creation of quality spaces for its citizens is not just an interesting idea, but a need. The Nou Parc project shows how nature would come back to cities without losing buildable space, raising the topography and creating a blanket of green forest above the stadium and its facilities, which would remain below the surface of the new park.
Currently this area is a closed concrete space and only 8% of green areas. Consequently, an “island” effect is generated, separating the neighborhoods of Les Corts and Zona Universitaria. The space is huge and is in disuse most of the time, except during sport events or private visits to its facilities. Neighbors often experience collapse when the space comes into operation during major events.