The Japan Sport Council has selected 11 out of the 46 entries from an international design competition to redesign the national stadium in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo.
The shortlisted firms include Cox Architecture, Populous, UNStudio with Yamashita Sekkei, Zaha Hadid Architects, Tabanlioglu Architects Consultancy, Dorell Ghotmeh Tane Architects with A+Architecture, Azusa Sekkei, Toyo Ito & Associates, SANAA with Nikken Sekkei, GMP International, and Mitsuru Man Senda with Environment Design Institute.
All the shortlisted firms will proceed to the £164,000 prize competition’s second round, scheduled on 7 November 2012, where three finalists will be selected.
Kasumigaoka national stadium was built in 1958 and hosted the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. It currently hosts both international and national sport events including football games.
The new stadium is expected to have seating capacity for 80,000 spectators and is planned for completion in 2018.
Upon completion, the stadium will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid and the IRB 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The council intends to maintain the stadium’s role as a centre for sport, culture, and art in Tokyo but will upgrade the hospitality services available and expand the stadium’s functionality.
The chairman of the jury who drew up the shortlist, Tadao Ando, said, "As it has come time for the National Stadium to be rebuilt after half a century from its creation, we have called for ideas from near and afar with the hope of realising an architecture of the finest quality that embodies the technology and intellect of our present age."
Image: The new stadium is expected to have seating capacity for 80,000 spectators and is planned for completion in 2018. Photo: The Japan Sport Council.