The final Tokyo Olympic stadium design remains elusive after Zaha Hadid Architects’ initial ¥250 billion (just over $2 billion USD) proposal was scrapped by prime minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year. Engineering firm Nikken Sekkei has now announced that it will work with Zaha Hadid on a new plan they will submit to a second design competition launched in early September.
Updated guidelines cap the bill at ¥155 billion ($1.3 billion) with hopes of saving face after public dissatisfaction with the design process has grown since Zaha Hadid’s flamboyant and exorbitant first design. The number of seats in the stadium has also been scaled back from 72,000 to 68,000, yet space for an additional 12,000 will be available should Japan decide to host the football World Cup in the future.
Design for the stadium is on track to have the facilities ready for the 2020 Olympics, yet it is definitely crunch time to develop a plan that will satisfy the Japanese public and others involved. Zaha Hadid Architects is confident in their ability to design a winner.
“Building on the two years of work and knowledge in which the Japanese people have invested, Zaha Hadid Architects and Nikken Sekkei are able to quickly develop a comprehensive, fully costed design and, in partnership with a committed construction contractor, the most cost-effective delivery plan that ensures the New National Stadium is ready in good time for the preparations ahead of Tokyo 2020,” the firm said in a statement.
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