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 japanrender © 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).

zaha hadid to design new national stadium japanaerial view within the context of the bustling metropolisimage by minmud

zaha japan national stadiumrender © zaha hadid architects

zaha hadid to design new national stadium japanrendering of the stadium interiorimage by minmud

zaha hadid to design new national stadium japanthe venue will have the capacity to accommodation 80,000 spectatorsimage by minmud

zaha hadid to design new national stadium japanbeyond sports events, the stadium is set to host a range of cultural and artistic eventsimage by minmud

zaha japan national stadiumelevated ground connections will govern the flow of people throughout the siterender © zaha hadid architects

zaha hadid to design new national stadium japanthe stadium within the night scenery of tokyoimage by minmud




project info:


project: new national stadiumlocation: tokyo, japandate: 2012 / 2019client: japan sports councilstatus: competition winning entrysize: 290,000 m2capacity: 80,000 peoplearchitect: zaha hadid architectsdesign: zaha hadid, patrik schumacherproject director: jim heverin, cristiano ceccatoproject architect: paulo floresdesign core team: rafael contreras, antonio monserrat, fernando poucell, irene guerra, junyi wang, karoly markostokyo support team: yoshi uchiyama, ben kikkawa

  • boriiiiiiiiiiing.

    chris says:
  • If the government has debt 200% of the national income, and 40% of tax revenue going towards servicing these debts, below 1% growth rate, they probably should not be building these mutant white elephants. Just sayin’

    idle_crane says:
  • All the earth will be Hadid ! stop drugs !

    sylv says:
  • I think there were better submissions

    dbkii says:
  • Please correct me if I’m wrong: Zaha Hadid Architects has never build staduims (I know about the London Aquatic Center, but it’s not a staduim). If it is true, how could her studio qualified for this job?Just because of a beautifully rendered CGI?
    A counter example: GMP INTERNATIONAL has already build SEVERAL staduims and their entry for the Tokyo N. Stadium was far more elegant in my opinion.

    Paul says:
  • agree with dbkii, there were better submissions for the national stadium, more people jumping on the zaha band wagon; surely her designs have ‘hadid’ by now?

    lacullinane says:
  • the Hadid office has once more created its own cliche…stop pizza dough architecture

    besta says:
  • feels like superkenzo

    als says:
  • What an awful design, simple is ALWAYS beautiful ! Far to fit in the minimalist tradition of japanese architecture. She is an extremely talented architect, undeniable, even if her designs, in my opinion, break too much with “basic” lines of contemporary architecture. Her designs becoming too pretentiously avant garde versus futuristic, innovation gets its ground in the past, its flamboyance in the future …….
    What happened to pick, in an objective way, a japanese architect instead ?

    Barricades1968 says:
  • P-S: Do ever the users of a public space get their word and right to pick how the place they will be paying for will look like ? They are after all the ones that will make the success-profit or downfall-loss of such a project ! Why not doing a survey-contest-referendum with a large panel of future “customers” ? Why the diktat of an handful of so often corrupt politicians ? How many times did she attend a rugby or football match ?
    Herzog-de Meuron and their Peking stadium remain a reference , the organic design integrated traditional chinese craftmanship which is totally lacking with that shi..y project.

    Barricades1968 says:
  • You’re missing the obvious- the USS Enterprise has returned, obviously manned by powerful aliens intent on filling it with human subjects and blasting off to the home world to experiment. But, hey, that was just my first and second impression.

    Everyone else says:
  • already looks dated

    GEE says:
  • im really facenited by zaha hadids disigning , i love her and she is my sample, im so sorry im not well in eng 😀

    mahsa says:
  • How very labial – I’m tempted to say ‘Vajestic’…

    Leon says:
  • What a master piece. To all u haters. I guess you all vex you don’t have the talent and know how to produce this kind of architecture, hence the reason for all the the fight down.

    U all can sit and say what u like. she have won the competition. so just shut up and enjoy awesome architecture.

    sheema says:
  • night render is beautiful

    ateeq says:
  • I really struggle with the work of Zaha Hadid. I cant help but feel that her work easily dates, and lacks a certain foresight/neglect to ‘reality’ around her builds. Personally I feel that Santiago Calatrava has a better depiction of this stye of Architecture, although somewhat different again. It will be interesting to see if this makes the 2019 schedule and the $1.62 BILLION budget!

    Mr Green says:
  • Hideous. Just horrible. This will ruin the entire area, which currently has a nice, quiet old-school Showa Era feel and is the center of much athletic activity for normal people during non-Olympic years. They should be looking to the same philosophy that has resulted in Camden Yards and lots of other “old-time” baseball stadiums in the US that attract loads of fans of crappy teams just because of the atmosphere. I am really saddened. This is not what Tokyoites want.

    Keith says:

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