zaha hadid to design new national stadium japan
zaha hadid to design new national stadium japan zaha hadid to design new national stadium japan
nov 15, 2012
zaha hadid to design new national stadium japan

zaha hadid’s winning design for the new national stadium japan
render © zaha hadid architects




it has been confirmed, zaha hadid has been selected to design the new national stadium japan in tokyo. her winning proposal has beat out ten other international teams including SANAA, populous, UNstudio and toyo ito (see the full listing of the shortlisted projects here). the elevated ground connections of zaha hadid’s structure will govern the flow of people through the site, while also effectively carving the geometric forms of the building, enhancing and modulating visitors around the studium fia different directions and points of access.


the competition invited international architects for their proposals to rebuild the ‘kasumigaoka national stadium’, which hosted the 1964 summer olympics. the stadium is scheduled for completion in 2018 so that it will be ready in time to host the 2019 rugby world cup, and if japan is selected to host the 2020 games, it will function as the primary site for the olympic and paralympic games. in addition, the new 80,000-seat national stadium will also be offered as a venue for the FIFA world cup, the IAAF world championships in athletics as well as host a wide range of cultural and artistic events.


the expected cost of the landmark project is estimated to be around 130 billion yen (1.62 billion USD).

aerial view within the context of the bustling metropolis
image by minmud

zaha japan national stadium
render © zaha hadid architects

rendering of the stadium interior
image by minmud

the venue will have the capacity to accommodation 80,000 spectators
image by minmud

beyond sports events, the stadium is set to host a range of cultural and artistic events
image by minmud

zaha japan national stadium
elevated ground connections will govern the flow of people throughout the site
render © zaha hadid architects

the stadium within the night scenery of tokyo
image by minmud




project info:


project: new national stadium
location: tokyo, japan
date: 2012 / 2019
client: japan sports council
status: competition winning entry
size: 290,000 m2
capacity: 80,000 people
architect: zaha hadid architects
design: zaha hadid, patrik schumacher
project director: jim heverin, cristiano ceccato
project architect: paulo flores
design core team: rafael contreras, antonio monserrat, fernando poucell, irene guerra, junyi wang, karoly markos
tokyo support team: yoshi uchiyama, ben kikkawa

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