Kengo Kuma wins Japanese Stadium competition

Nick Myall
Thursday 24 Dec 2015

Kengo Kuma beats Toyo Ito to win Japan National Stadium competition

Japanese officials have selected a design by Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium in Tokyo, which will be the centrepiece for the 2020 Olympics.

The decision to award the job to Kuma – one of Japan's leading architects – was announced in a government cabinet meeting.

His design had been revealed just days before as one of two finalists in a new competition organised after the Japanese prime minister scrapped plans for a stadium design by British architect Zaha Hadid.

The other design in contention was created by Toyo Ito, another of Japan's most famous contemporary architects.

Kuma, who is known for his use of natural materials, created an oval design with a wooden latticed framework. Circulation areas around the edge of each level also feature plants and trees and exposed terraces.

Ito's design favoured modern materials, with an undulating ring of transparent roofing around the roof's central opening.

The designs were assessed by a review panel assembled by the Japan Sport Council, which included architecture and landscape design professionals.

The budget for the stadium is ¥155 billion. Japan has just over four years to finalise and build the winning design.

Nick Myall

News Editor

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