Japan selects new architectural design for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium

22 December 2015 (Last Updated December 22nd, 2015 18:30)

Japan has selected new architectural design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics main stadium following the scrapping of the initial design by Zaha Hadid.

Japan has selected a new architectural design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics main stadium, following the scrapping of the initial design by Zaha Hadid.

The £1.4bn previous plan resulted in several controversies. The government had been prompted to scrap the plan in July, owing to protests over the design and cost.

The new plan presented by architect Kengo Kuma is expected to cost £832m. The new design features a roof made of wood and steel, which is based on traditional Japanese architecture.

It has also kept the height of the stadium at less than 50m in order to make it fit its landscape.

"I think the design chosen meets the conditions sought, such as basic concept, construction and cost."

The winning proposal was submitted by a joint venture comprised of Kengo Kuma, construction company Taisei, and construction support firm Azusa Sekkei.

The Japan Sport Council (JSC) will oversee the construction and finalise the contract with the winning party in January 2016.

Construction is expected to start as early as December next year, and be completed by November 2019. The stadium will reportedly feature a total of 68,000 seats.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "I think the design chosen meets the conditions sought, such as basic concept, construction and cost."