POSTED: October 30th 2012
NewsUpdate

Tokyo 2020: Cutting edge technology and distinctive architecture priorities of the new stadia plan

Zaha Hadid Architects - Zaha Hadid (Great Britain) / Japan Sport Council
Zaha Hadid Architects - Zaha Hadid (Great Britain) / Japan Sport Council

DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE / ARCHITECTS & A+ARCHITECTURE - Tsuyoshi Tane (France) / Japan Sport Council
DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE / ARCHITECTS & A+ARCHITECTURE - Tsuyoshi Tane (France) / Japan Sport Council

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

October 30 – The modernizing of the Tokyo Kasumigaoka National Stadium is targeting ground breaking technology and a prestigious and distinctive architectural silhouette as the former centerpiece stadia for the Tokyo 1964 Games will take on a whole new look.

Tadao Ando, who is serving as the Jury chair of the design contest and as well is a member of the Tokyo 2020 Council, explained the desired concept, "As it has come time for the National Stadium to be rebuilt after half a century from its creation, we have called for ideas from near and afar with the hope of realizing an architecture of the finest quality that embodies the technology and intellect of our present age. We have since received numerous ambitious proposals in response to our call.

"It should establish a dialogue with its physical context, which includes sites such as the Meiji Shrine, and also be equipped with advanced environmental systems that take into consideration the global environment. Additionally, the project must run on a short schedule in order to be ready for hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

"In the first-round review, the Jury committee considered the proposals from a variety of aspects and selected eleven projects that present visions for overcoming the challenges and carry messages that announce the coming of a new age. It is our hope that an architecture that sets a standard for this new age of the Earth will soon be born."

The winner of the contest is set to be announced in mid-November and a special award ceremony will take place later on in the month. 

Tokyo is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the summer Games. The final vote takes place September 7 of next year at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Tadao Ando · Japan Sport Council · Olympic bidding


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