After two long years of campaigning, for the first time since 1964, Tokyo has been granted the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. Winning with 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36, in the end it was a comfortable win that sees the capital become the first Asian city to host the games twice.
Setting an ambitious and exciting vision Tokyo’s slogan has promised a sporting event that will allow a global audience to “Discover Tomorrow” and after the success and excitement we all felt during the summer of 2012, we have to admit we feel a little envious. However, lucky for us, we have been granted a little piece of the action. London-based architect Zaha Hadid is set to build the event’s statement National Stadium of Japan.
Successfully fighting off competition from 45 other companies, Hadid has a style that is perfect for the job. Renowned for her distinctively futuristic buildings her style will complement the city’s landscape effortlessly. Using trademark, powerful curves and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life, the National Stadium of Japan is set to become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. According to the innovative architect the building will “become an integral part of Tokyo’s urban fabric, directly engaging with the surrounding cityscape to connect and carve the elegant forms of the design.”
After winning recognition for designing the Aquatics Centre at the London Olympic Games, Zaha Hadid’s team impressed the judges with designs that promise an iconic addition to Tokyo’s skyline. An impact even for one of the most futuristic cities in the world, the innovative structure is both light and cohesive and includes a perimeter that will create a continuous exhibition space for visitors to enjoy.
The destination for both the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics, football and rugby events, the structure will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium and join Kenzo Tange’s iconic 1964 Olympic stadium in Yoyogi Park. Zaha Hadid’s team will also work on this existing building; renovating and adding a retractable roof. Adding an intese time pressure, as the stadium must be finished by 2019 in time to host the Rugby World Cup, the team have a busy time ahead. The Tokyo team have promised it is “safe in their hands,” and if their centrepiece is anything to go by we can’t wait to see the final event!