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The newest plans for the National Stadium, designed by a well-known architect named Kengo Kuma and the Taisei Construction Corporation, will be 164 feet tall and hold up to 80,000 spectators. Its new design reflects the dramatic, sweeping architecture of Japanese temples by placing an emphasis on using steel and wooden construction materials.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls this “Japanese-style design” the “best in the world,” but the entire project is rife with controversy.
“This shocking treatment of an international design and engineering team, as well as the respected Japanese design companies with whom we worked, was not about design or budget. In fact much of our two years of detailed design work and the cost savings we recommended have been validated by the remarkable similarities of our original detailed stadium layout and our seating bowl configuration with those of the design announced today,” said a statement from Zaha Hadid Architects, the original designers of the first stadium plans.
With the new blueprints, construction is scheduled for completion just 10 months shy of the Olympic Games – and as with any large-scale construction project, delays are a very real risk.
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The new National Stadium in Tokyo promises to be a spectacular place, but will it be ready – and will Japan suffer international embarrassment if it’s not – by the time the Olympic Games roll around?
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In 2013, the International Olympic Committee elected Japan to host the 28th Olympic Games. Now, a brace of years later, Japan has officially settled on design plans for what will become known as the National Stadium in Tokyo.
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