Just moments after Japan won the bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Zaha Hadid unveiled plans for an inventive and environmentally-conscious retrofit that will transform the country's National Stadium into the new Tokyo National Olympic Stadium. The central structure is radically different from its predecessor, looking more like a cool and calming space station than your average stadium - and it comes complete with eco-friendly elements such as greywater reuse. Is Zaha finally turning over a green leaf?
First, a look at the greenest parts of the project: the studio has incorporated geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system within the stadium concept, along with the commitment to recycle greywater. Could this be an encouraging sign that the Olympic committee will try to lessen the Games’environmental strain from such an early stage?
The design was also rewarded for its innovation and dynamism, which Sport Council judges acknowledged was particularly appropriate for sporting activities. Certain elements are fluid and multi-purpose, such as the sliding roof that is perfect for open-air concerts and a towering arch for engineers to sink their teeth into. After competing with 10 other architecture firms, the winning studio can now put all these ideas into action.
Via Atlantic Cities
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