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Competition: Tokyo 2020 Olympics overlays

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The Tokyo 2020 organising committee is seeking experienced architects to deliver a series of temporary venues at the next summer Olympics

The winning teams will draw up preliminary designs for 30 temporary venues at key locations across the Japanese capital and in nearby Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Hokkaido, Fukushima and Miyagi.

The project is divided into six activity and geographically themed contracts. The first covers the Sea Forest Waterway venue for canoe-kayak sprint and rowing in Tokyo, along with six other related arenas including the Seaside Park Hockey Stadium, Odaiba Marine Park, Aomi Urban Sports Venue and a Canoe Slalom Course.

The second contract involves the under-construction main Olympic Stadium (pictured) and is bundled with temporary structures at the nearby existing Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Yoyogi National Stadium and the Nippon Budokan arena.

Next up, is the volleyball-dedicated Ariake Arena along with the Ariake Tennis Park, the Olympic BMX Course, Tokyo International Forum, Imperial Palace Garden, Kokugikan Arena, Yokohama Stadium, Enoshima Yacht Harbour and Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.

The fourth batch comprises the Makuhari Messe Hall – earmarked for taekwondo and wrestling – with the Tsurigasaki Beach Surfing Venue, Kasumigaseki Country Club, Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Stadium, International Stadium Yokohama, Sapporo Dome and Miyagi Stadium.

The fifth lot covers the Olympic Aquatics Centre, Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, Dream Island Archery Field, Musashino Forest Sport Centre and Tokyo Stadium. The final contract will deliver a new shooting range in Asaka, Saitama.

Tokyo defeated Istanbul and Madrid to win the 2020 Summer Olympic Games four years ago. Zaha Hadid Architects’ competition-winning design for Tokyo’s 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium was scrapped in 2015 following a row over the escalating costs.

Kengo Kuma beat Toyo Ito in a contest to replace the abandoned scheme one year ago and the landmark venue is now under construction and due to complete in November 2019.

In December, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee began looking for a design consultant for its main cycling venue. The winning team, which has yet to be announced, will expand and upgrade the existing Izu Velodrome and its nearby mountain bike course to deliver a low-cost arena for Japan’s upcoming Summer Olympics.

The London 2012 temporary overlay structures included a Beach Volleyball Venue in Horse Guards Parade, the Eton Manor tennis arena, a temporary archery arena for Lord’s Cricket Ground and an equestrian events area in Greenwich Park. They were delivered by Allies and Morrison, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Populous.

The Tokyo 2020 temporary overlay contracts have been announced in both English and Japanese, but all bidding will be completed in Japanese. Each design contract will run for nine months once it has been awarded.

The application deadlines are staggered and the final deadline is 5 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Register with Exporting is Great for more information

Contact details

Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tel: +81-3-66311948
Email: chotatsu@tokyo2020.jp


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