Tokyo 2020: New Olympic stadium plan will take Kasumigaoka up to 80,000 capacity
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
November 15 – The high tech facelift for the Tokyo ’64 legacy Kasumigaoka National Stadium will expand it up to 80,000 spectator capacity.
The winner of the international design contest was also a woman, Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects, based in London. She was chosen by a jury from a short-list of 11 finalists. The international design contest was launched in July of this year and a total of 46 entries were submitted.
Ingredients to the winning design were the innovative design and feel and the impressive way the architecture synthesised with the surrounding Green environmental park zones.
Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said, "Japan's newly refurbished stadium will be the best of the best. It will have one of the largest spectator capacity in the world, and will also offer the finest hospitality.
“As for the athlete and spectator experience: the Kasumigaoka National Stadium will have a retractable roof.
“A state-of-the-art stadium like Kasumigaoka is another indication that Tokyo is ready to deliver a dynamic celebration that reinforces and renews the Olympic Values for a new generation."
The Japan Sport Council (JSC) owns the facility, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo ’64 Games, and next up the stadium will be the venue for the IRB 2019 Rugby World Cup and other major public events.
If Tokyo wins the IOC’s nod to host the 2020 summer Games again it will be home to the opening and closing Ceremonies as well as key sports events athletics, football and rugby.
Some of the requisites for the stadium remodel were:
- adjustable seating up to 80,000 ;
- retractable roof;
- consideration for the surrounding landscape and ease of traffic/transportation;
- consign by March 2019.
World famous architect and Tokyo 2020 Council member Tadao Ando, who led the jury, said, "The entry's dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world.
“I firmly believe that Japan ranks at the top in terms of architectural and technical expertise. A few decades ago, the world lauded Japan for quickly and efficiently creating the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, and I am confident Japan will once again be praised for this new stadium."
Zaha Hadid Architects
The international design company chosen for the renovations of the Tokyo stadium, Zaha Hadid Architects, has created 950 projects in 44 countries and led by Zaha Hadid, she was the first woman awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 for the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain.
Hadid is also responsable for the design of the London 2012 Games Aquatics Centre that remained an icon for its undulating roof inspired by water in motion.
The remodel will be completed in March of 2019 in time for the Rugby World Cup and is set to come in under Budget at 130 billion yen ($1.62 billion).
"The Japanese culture enables efficiencies and stimulates impeccable organisation,” Takeda added. “We are confident that these principles will be applied in the rebuilding process of the new stadium. The coming months will be exciting as construction begins and the new stadium is realised.”
Australia's Alastair Ray Richardson from Cox Architecture pty Ltd, came in second in the international design contest and and Japan's Kazuyo Sejima from SANAA+Nikken Sekkei Ltd, came in at third place.
Tokyo is bidding against Istanbul and Madrid to host the summer Games of 2020. The IOC will convene in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013 to choose their host city.
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