Zaha Hadid Architects and construction and architecture firm Nikken Sekkei have announced they had not been able to secure a construction company for their new bid to build the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, and would be withdrawing from the competition.
A statement from Zaha Hadid said: ‘It is disappointing that the two years of work and investment in the existing design for a new National Stadium for Japan cannot be further developed to meet the new brief through the new design competition.’
"Nikken Sekkei and ZHA are prepared and able to deliver a cost-effective Stadium that meets the revised brief, is ready in good time for the 2020 Games and provides a new home for sport in Japan for generations to come. While the current competition is closed to the existing design team we stand ready to use the wealth of detailed knowledge and expertise, built up through the thousands of hours dedicated to the project, to assist the National and Tokyo Governments and Japanese people deliver a Stadium fit to welcome the world in 2020 and go on to host national, international and community events for the next 50-100 years."
Zaha Hadid’s original, contest-winning proposals were dropped in July due to escalating costs. After that decision, the firm criticised the client’s insistence on limiting the construction contract to a small number of Japanese firms, which it claimed pushed prices up.