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Zaha Hadid design selected for Japan national stadium

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November 19, 2012

The judges were also looking for a design that would integrate well with the local road sy...

The judges were also looking for a design that would integrate well with the local road system and landscape (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

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It may have been likened to a bicycle helmet, but that hasn't stopped the Japan Sport Council from selecting Zaha Hadid Architect's design for a new Japanese national stadium to be built by 2019. It's hoped that the design for the 80,000-seat stadium will boost Tokyo's chances of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The design was the winning entrant to an international competition to design a stadium to hold 80,000 people with a retractable all-weather roof: a specification only matched by Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The judges, who were chaired by architect Tadao Ando and included Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, were also looking for a design that would integrate well with the local road system and landscape.

Hadid beat out imposing competition: none more so than sports and stadia specialists Populous, which has a number of national arenas to its name. The new national stadium will match Populous' London's Olympic Stadium design for capacity, and that of the Beijing National Stadium (better known as the Bird's Nest), though this has been reduced from its 91,000 capacity at the time of the 2008 Olympics.

The detailed design and construction of the stadium is budgeted at ¥130 billion (US$1.6 billion), and will press ahead for completion by the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The stadium will stand on the site of the current Olympic Stadium, built for the 1964 Olympics, which will be demolished by October 2015.

Sources: Zaha Hadid Architects, The Wall Street Journal

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6 Comments

So by integrating well with the landscape they mean sticking out like a pimple on a model's face? Nice design, but by no way does it integrate with the landscape.

Ct
19th November, 2012 @ 12:38 pm PST

Paint it a couple of shades of green, and she'll be right.

Hsan
19th November, 2012 @ 04:35 pm PST

It does stick out but it's pretty cool.

The Hoff
19th November, 2012 @ 04:38 pm PST

Yea, it doesn't blend in with its surroundings at all, that said, I still think it looks pretty damn cool.

Derek Howe
19th November, 2012 @ 05:46 pm PST

Interesting design. Reminds me of the stuff growing in the #4 fuel pool in fukushima. Lets hope that building is still standing and is empty by 2014.

Nathan Salter
20th November, 2012 @ 06:10 pm PST

Anyone else think it looks like a set of giant fembot 'bits'? (I couldn't help it....it's the first thing I associated when I saw the design and the word 'Japanese')....not saying that giant robot vulvas aren't cool or anything, coz they are (especially, I imagine, during fireworks displays)...

Vincent Najger
20th November, 2012 @ 06:55 pm PST
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