TOKYO, Japan — The Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the directors Jordi Moix, Pau Vilanova, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca, and the Club's CEO Òscar Grau and Real Estate director William T. Mannarelli visited the headquarters of the Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei on Monday morning. Nikken Sekkei won the design competition for the future Camp Nou. The heads of the Japanese firm held a meeting with the Barça representatives on hand.
On Tuesday at 10.30am local time, the Espai Barça + Catalan & Japanese architecture conference is being held at the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo. Jordi Moix, the third vice president of FC Barcelona and head of the Espai Barça project, will be at for the conference.
Nikken Sekkei is considered one of the world's most important architecture and engineering firms, having designed the likes of the Saitama Super Arena, the Great Swan of Niigata, and the Tokyo Dome, all in Japan. Nikken Sekkei president and CEO, Tadao Kamei, said during a meeting with the Club board last January that the redevelopment of the Camp Nou "is the most important Nikken project right now."
"It is our first project in Western Europe," he said. "The Camp Nou is a very traditional stadium in Barcelona, and even in the world, so we are very proud to be part of this important project."
After winning the Camp Nou design competition in 2016, Nikken Sekkei opened an office in Barcelona, which is also its European headquarters.