junji ogura, dr. ichiro kono, tadao ando and shunichi tokura of the japan sport council announcing the competition
photo by tokyo 2020/kenji nakamura
japanese architect tadao ando has announced the ‘kasumigaoka national stadium international design competition’ a worldwide contest
to renovate the japanese arena run by the japan sport council (JSC), of which ando is the committee chairman.
the olympic amphitheatre, originally built over a century ago, accommodated the tokyo ’64 games and is widely considered the
birth of modern japanese architecture. it is now set to be a candidate to host the 2020 olympic and paralympic games and will be
the venue for the 2019 rugby world cup. the new design will also be offered as a venue for the FIFA world cup, the IAAF world
championships athletics, concerts and a wide range of other cultural and artistic events.
the competition is designed to engage people on an international scale. participating architects would need to fulfill the
qualification requirements outlined by the organization in order to enter. the project completion is scheduled to be in 2018,
the JSC will be looking for submissions that are able to preserve the historical features of the site, as well as seamlessly introduce
and implement cutting edge technology. president of JSC, ichiro kono describes the council’s intentions for the revamp:
‘as an all-new stadium, we want to create it in an all-new way, with full public participation, and we pledge to make the
entire process – from design to completion – fully open and transparent. what japan needs now is the power of dreams.‘
the winning proposal will receive 20 million yen (approximately US5K) and will be judged by the ‘kasumigaoka national
stadium international design contest’ panel which will include the current design adviser for tokyo’s bid to become the site for the 2020
games takao ando; japan football association honorary chairman junji ogura; japanese society for rights of authors, composers and
publishers chairman shunichi tokura; and tokyo 2020 executive board member and former tokyo 2016 bid leader dr. ichiro kono.
the international panelists are architects richard rogers and lord norman foster.
date for registration: 20th july 2012 through 10th september 2012, 5:00pm
date for submission: 10th september 2012 through 25th september 2012 5:00pm
you can read more about the details of the competition here.
the current kasumigaoka national stadium – tadao ando and the JSC are inviting individuals to submit their proposals for its redevelopment