Fumihiko Maki, the Japanese architect behind the recently unveiled United Nations tower in New York, has initiated a protest against the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Tokyo Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Maki has recruited Toyo Ito, Sou Fujimoto and Kengo Kuma to the cause with a symposium highlighting a number of issues with the design scheduled for this evening. This will also be live streamed online.
Entitled Re-thinking the New National Olympic Stadium in historical background of Jingu-Gaien, the symposium is scheduled for 6-8pm this evening (11 October) at a rate of 1000 Yen with a subsidised rate of 500 Yen for students.
Sou Fujimoto, the celebrated architect behind a plethora of schemes inspired by the natural world including the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion and Final Wooden House, told the Architects Journal: “Maki is protesting against Zaha’s stadium on the basis of the programme being too big - the area of the project being too big.
“I hope that his protest is successful in shrinking the design to fit the context. I’m not fighting Zaha. The competition for the stadium was very rigorous and we can’t overturn everything. But the design could be better.”
Following a flood of tweets from around the world discussing the opposition to Hadid’s concept, Fujimoto took to the social media channel to say: “We are NOT against Zaha. We just think the basic requirement of the competition was too big for the surroundings.”
The Tokyo Stadium design is 290,000 sq m, making it the largest Olympic Stadium in history. The symposium is expected to touch on the topics of scale and heritage in the Jingu Gaien area.
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