In pictures: Zaha reveals images of New National Stadium of Japan
Zaha Hadid is to follow her London 2012 Aquatics Centre with the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
The London-based, Iraqi-born architect won a competition late last year to design the New National Stadium of Japan.
The proposed, earthquake-proof arena was part of Tokyo’s bid to stage the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, and the city was chosen earlier this week.
Hadid said: ‘We are very proud to be part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have put together an excellent team to deliver a magnificent venue on schedule for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Tokyo Olympic Games the following year.’
The stadium, near Shinjuku, will include seating for 80,000 spectators. It will feature a retractable roof and seating sections that can move closer to or further away from the field of play to allow a range of events to be hosted.
Tadao Ando, chairman of the stadium competition selection panel, said of Zaha’s proposal: ‘The entry’s dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world. I believe this stadium will become a shrine for world sport for the next 100 years.’
A spokesman for Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma & Associates told AJ the Tokyo Games hoped to learn from the sustainable design showcased at London 2012: ‘The London Olympics experience has been a very interesting scenario with great focus on sustainability and on temporary structures,’ he said.
‘It is very important for events like the Olympics to focus on temporary buildings which can be dismounted and recycled after the event.
‘With this in mind, obviously the use of sustainable materials that can be recycled after the buildings are dismounted becomes incredibly important. I hope this approach can be applied also to the project for Tokyo 2020.’
The temporary stands, known as the wings, were earlier this summer removed from Zaha Hadid’s 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre.