POSTED: March 19th 2013

Tokyo 2020 welcomes National Stadium remodel contest winner

(L to R) Tadao Ando awards stadium architect Zaha Hadid / Tokyo 2020
(L to R) Tadao Ando awards stadium architect Zaha Hadid / Tokyo 2020

A view of the new national stadium / Tokyo 2020
A view of the new national stadium / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

March 20 – Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects, the winner of the contest to update and remodel Tokyo’s Kasumigaoka National Stadium, was welcomed to Tokyo by the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee today, weeks after the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission’s visit to the Japanese capital.

Tokyo 2020’s promise to deliver an innovative Games will be shown in Hadid’s design concept, which combines a strong sense of history with a pioneering vision for the Olympic Movement. Hadid received an award at a ceremony hosted by the Japan Sports Council.

“We had a very successful Games in London, and I’m sure Tokyo will also be able to host a fantastic Games with its great sports facilities,” Hadid said. “It’s really a great honour and pleasure for me to be here and accept this award.”

“The dynamic and futuristic design moved the jury, and I am confident the new stadium will serve as the symbol for our burning desire to host the Tokyo 2020 Games,” world famous architect and Tokyo 2020 Council member Tadao Ando, who oversaw the contest, said.

The site of the main Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 1964 Games, located in the heart of Tokyo 2020’s proposed Heritage Zone, will be the ground for the new National Stadium. The proposed stadium, the first Olympic Stadium to feature a retractable roof, will hold 80,000 spectators and will be served by at least six rail lines within walking distance.

“The new National Stadium will be a truly iconic structure that showcases sustainable leading-edge technologies and architectural designs,” IOC member and Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 President Tsunekazu Takeda said. “It is wonderful to welcome the world-renowned Zaha Hadid in Tokyo, whom we deeply thank for her remarkable design. It is our dream to see the Olympic Flame return to Tokyo and burn brightly atop our reborn National Stadium.”

The design competition was held in 2012 by the Japan Sport Council, owner o the Kasumigaoka National Stadium. The contest was held to solicit plans for an updated and remodelled stadium, to be ready for the IRB 2019 Rugby World Cup. The proposed National Stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football and Rugby at Tokyo 2020.

Led by Hadid, the first woman awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed 950 projects in 44 countries. Hadid also designed the Aquatics Centre in London for the 2012 Games.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Kasumigaoka National Stadium · Olympic bidding

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