When FC Barcelona, Camp Nou, was erected 60-some-odd years ago, the hulking concrete structure stood for more than just a site for Europe's football craze. After the Spanish Civil War, when the area was recovering from the devastation, it became a symbol of Catalan identity. Even more, the stadium's designated museum sees about 1.2 million visitors a year—about the same as Machu Picchu, just for a point of comparison.

But the Spanish stadium is making history yet again in a new way by working with the old. Using its cultural significance as a backbone for dodging demolition, a board of FC Barcelona decided to propose renovations for it, and selected a design proposed by Japanese über-firm Nikken Sekkei and local studio Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes. To revive the nearly ancient venue (the average lifespan of a stadium is only about 30 years), the designers included a new tier with 5,000 extra seats, a roof to cover them, new underground parking lots, and reconfigured accessibility routes.

To see more about the project, go to Fast Company.

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