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Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid's National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost
In protest to Zaha Hadid’s design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium, 2013 Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito has proposed an alternative stadium plan that would slash the current expected price tag in half. Officially announced early this week, Ito’s proposal calls for a renovation of the existing stadium and an immediate halt to Japan’s planned demolition of that stadium scheduled for July. The alternative design was announced in an online petition headed by Japanese architects – and it has already reached 13,000 signatures.
Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium has been embroiled in controversy ever since Zaha Hadid unveiled plans for the massive trilobite-like structure last fall. Japanese architects rallied against the design, taking issue with the high construction costs, proposed destruction of the landscape, and the potential forced relocation of residents housed in a nearby development. A group of architects even launched an online petition on Change.org to garner support–at the time of writing, the petition only needs another 1,200 signatures in order to launch an official challenge. Although the Japanese government eventually acquiesced last November and announced plans to downsize Hadid’s designs to save costs, many architects were still not satisfied with the proposed scale back.
In Toyo Ito’s preview of his draft renovation plans, the architect suggests a number of repairs and modifications to the existing stadium that could expand the number of seats from the current 54,000 to 80,000, a solution that would help eliminate the need for an entirely new stadium. Although the current stadium does not feature a retractable roof, Ito says that by keeping the original stadium body, construction costs will be roughly half the 169.2 billion yen price tag expected for Hadid’s design.
Via Tokyo Web News
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