The New National Stadium in Tokyo 新国立競技場

  • Published on : 01/12/2021
  • by : K.C.
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The new stadium by Kengo Kuma

Japan newest National Stadium

The National Stadium is a sports complex located in Kasumigaoka, Tokyo. Construction started in December 2016, and it was inaugurated on the 21st of December 2020 and the stadium hosted the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 2021. It is here, the opening and closing ceremonies of the games were held.

 

Tokyo renewed

When Tokyo was awarded the host of the 2021 Olympic Games, it was prosed that the previous Olympic Stadium, the National Olympic Stadium, would be demolished and reconstructed. Plans for the new stadium were unveiled in 2012 by the "Queen of the Curve", Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, but due to complications of construction and its rising cost, under much scrutiny, the Japanese government scrapped the plan and reassigned the project to Taisei Corporation and Takenaka Corporation for a total budget of 155 billion yen (about $1.3/1.2 billion€) in June 2015. The final design of the stadium was awarded to a Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma.

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma

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From concrete to wood

Kengo Kuma wanted to go "beyond the era of concrete" and "restore the link that Tokyo lost with nature" during the reconstruction of the city after the great earthquake of Kanto in 1923, and the first games in 1964. The architect is an admirer of the famed American, Frank Lloyd Wright, known for his philosophy of structures in harmony with their environment. His main project inspired by Lloyd Wright is called "Bamboo Wall", and is a country house built entirely from local bamboo, located near Beijing in China.

Read: Where to see the work of Kengo Kuma

"Bamboo Wall" (2002) by Kengo Kuma

Prostho Museum Research Center in Kasugai (Aichi) by Kengo Kuma

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