The new National Olympic Stadium for Tokyo 2020

Eventhough it’s still a long way to go (seven more years) before 2020 Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan is now already geared up for preparations to what they call would be the best games ever in the history of the world largest sporting event. If you have missed out the news, Tokyo is elected to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games after a series of voting in IOC session held at Buenos Aires last week, gaining the most support over the two other candidate cities; Istanbul of Turkey and Madrid of Spain.

It must be the strong bidding documents and presentations that Tokyo bid team had submitted to the International Olympic Committee. In their proposal itself, it has already been highlighted that the current Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium which is also previously the major venue for Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games would receives a 1-billion dollar upgrade and reconstruction. This will then ensure the new stadium would be fit and relevant by 2020 for the games with larger seating capacity and a whole new breathtaking design.

In 2012, a design competition was held. Out of 46 finalists, famous architect, Zaha Hadid is awarded the task to design the new stadium, which will be the centrepiece of the games (if Tokyo won the hosting right). The stadium will eventually host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as track and field events. Zaha Hadid had came out with a very fantastic design that represents quite clearly her style. Fluid form, free-flowing appearance. Well, this is quite unique and interesting for a stadium. I find it very appealing and this may be also one of the reasons why Tokyo won the bidding. The stadium after the re-construction will have 80,000 seating capacity (the current one can hold only 50,000).




Now that Tokyo has been confirmed to host the games in 2020, and so does this design by Zaha Hadid. She must be very happy and excited too. The current structure will be demolished in 2015 and the new stadium will be completed by 2019. It will then be ready for the 2019 World Rugby Cup too, a year earlier than the Olympics. The area surrounding the Olympic Stadium will also receives a makeover to generate a welcoming and spectacular environment before entering the stadium. Not much details are revealed yet on the new design (from the renderings, I couldn’t figure out the practicality of the ample circulation space which is also visible on the ‘roof’ structure, and also what kind of materials for the roof which I think is the most distinctive element of the design), but there is still a lot of time. Anyway, I’m quite confident that Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games successfully. A bit too early to say this.

(All images in this post are from the following source:


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