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Silk Leaf Stadium, Japan

Wednesday 14 Nov 2012

Ancient inspiration for competition entry

Silk Leaf Stadium by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH in Japan
Coop Himmelb(l)au 
Silk Leaf Stadium by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH in Japan
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Coop Himmelb(l)au's Silk Leaf Stadium takes the form of 'modern acropolis' in Tokyo 

Back in October, we published a shortlist for the National Stadium of Japan which featured eleven teams including the likes of SANAA + Nikken Sekkei Ltd, POPULOUS and Zaha Hadid Architects. Coop Himmelb(l)au also entered the competition and whilst the Vienna-based team didn't make the final shortlist, we still their concept is worth sharing. The design team describe their project thus:

"Like a modern acropolis, our concept for the new National Stadium of Japan places the arena on a plinth as a sign in the centre of the city. A large plaza is created by the plinth forming the main public entryway. The seating tribunes are conceived as landscape elements of the podium, and are covered by a light, shell-like roof touching the ground at only four points. The shell is topped by a retractable photo-voltaic glass roof element that separates into two visible wing-shaped leaves opening the stadium to the sky."

Click here to view the full shortlist on WAN.

Key Facts

Status Competition entry
Value 0(m€)
COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH

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