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Hadid: ‘Japanese architects colluded on Tokyo stadium job’

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Zaha Hadid has hit out at the way both the Japanese authorities and architecture profession handled the Tokyo Olympic stadium job

Hadid, whose designs were scrapped following a row over the cost of the stadium, said the Japanese authorities and members of the profession had ‘colluded to close the doors on the project to the world’.

The accusation comes as the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was named as the winner of the relaunched competition for the stadium job.

Commenting on the project, Hadid said: ‘We were honoured to be selected to design a stadium that would enable Japan to welcome the world for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and bring the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo, before becoming a new home for Japanese sport for many future generations.

‘Sadly, the Japanese authorities, with the support of some of those from our own profession in Japan, have colluded to close the doors on the project to the world.’

The shocking treatment of an international design team was not about design or budget

She added: ‘This shocking treatment of an international design and engineering team, as well as the respected Japanese design companies with whom we worked, was not about design or budget. In fact much of our two years of detailed design work and the cost savings we recommended have been validated by the remarkable similarities of our original detailed stadium layout and our seating bowl configuration to those of the design announced today.’

Under the new plans, the delayed stadium is set to complete in November 2019. But Hadid said this runs the risk that it will not be completed in time for the games in 2020.

She added: ‘Work would already be under way building the stadium if the original design team had simply been able to develop this original design, avoiding the increased costs of an 18-month delay and risk that it may not be ready in time for the 2020 Games.’

Kuma has been appraoched for comment.

Tokyo Stadium

Tokyo Stadium

Source: Japan Sports Council

Design ‘A’ - Kengo Kuma’s winning stadium design





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