Zaha Hadid to redesign Tokyo’s national stadium in Kasumigaoka

18 November 2012 (Last Updated November 18th, 2012 18:30)

The Japan Sport Council has selected the UK-based Zaha Hadid Architects to redesign the national stadium in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo, which is expected to cost approximately JPY130bn ($1.62bn).

Tokyo's national stadium in Kasumigaoka

The Japan Sport Council has selected the UK-based Zaha Hadid Architects to redesign the national stadium in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo, which is expected to cost approximately JPY130bn ($1.62bn).

Zaha Hadid was chosen from eleven architectural practices that were shortlisted for the £164,000 competition, which drew 46 entries across the world.

Australia firm Cox Architecture came second in the competition and Japan’s SANAA, along with Nikken Sekkei, came in third place.

Built in 1958, Kasumigaoka national stadium hosted the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and currently hosts both nationa and international sporting events, including football matches.

The new stadium will be constructed on the site of the existing 54,000-seat national stadium in Tokyo and is expected to have seating capacity for 80,000 spectators.

Zaha Hadid’s design proposals feature a retractable roof, natural lighting systems, passive ventilation systems, photovoltaic power generation, geothermal energy use, greywater use and rainwater cooling systems.

Japan Sport council will also select a local planning team to assist with development and realisation of the Zaha Hadid design.

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.

Upon its planned completion in 2018, the stadium will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid and the IRB 2019 Rugby World Cup.


Image: Zaha Hadid was selected from eleven practices shortlisted for the £164,000 competition. Photo: The Japan Sport Council.