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In pictures: Olympic stars Zaha and Populous among finalists for Japan stadium

Images of the 11-strong international shortlist of design teams competing to overhaul Japan’s national stadium have been revealed

UK practices shortlisted for the £164,000 prize include Olympic venue designers Zaha Hadid Architects and Populous with Rod Sheard.

Architecture minister Ed Vaizey told the AJ: ‘This is fantastic news and shows Britain’s architects are at the forefront of world leading design. I wish both finalists all the best and hope the new national stadium for Japan will have a distinctly British feel.’

Other finalists are Australia’s Cox Architecture, France’s Dorell Ghotmeh Tane Architects with A+Architecture, Germany’s GMP International and the Netherland’s UNStudio with Yamashita Sekkei.

Japanese contenders include SANAA with Nikken Sekkei, Toyo Ito & Associates, Azusa Sekkei and Mitsuru Man Senda with Environment Design Institute.

London-based engineers AKT II is also on board with finalists Tabanlioglu Architects from Istanbul.

A total of 46 entries were made to the competition which was either to recipients of the Pritzker Prize, AIA gold medal, UIA gold medal, Praemium Imperiale in Honour of Prince Takamatsu and RIBA gold medal or companies with experience of designing 15,000-seat stadiums.

The 11 finalists will proceed to the contest’s second round with the first, second and third place winners set to be chosen on 7 November and announced later that month.

The competition focuses on the national stadium in Tokyo which will be redeveloped to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and also, potentially, the Olympic Games in 2020. Tokyo is currently up against Madrid and Istanbul to host the greatest show on earth.

Japan’s 48,000-seat national stadium in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo was constructed in 1958 and hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. The new stadium is expected to seat 80,000 spectators and is planned for completion in 2018.

The ten-strong competition jury features Richard Rogers and Norman Foster and is chaired by 1995 Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando.

Finalist: Germany’s GMP International with Hubert Nienhoff

Finalist: Germany’s GMP International with Hubert Nienhoff

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