March 20, 2014
The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan and ever since the city won the bid to host the Games, it has been looking for venues to hold the historic games in. One confirmed arena is The National Stadium of Japan by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The stadium, which has been chosen for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, is also the possible home to the 2020 opening ceremony.
Hadid’s firm won a competition back in 2012 to redesign the dated Kasumigaoka National Stadium that was the venue of the 1964 Olympics. After the renovations are complete, it will be able to accommodate 80,000 people and it will feature adjustable seating sections to allow for spectators to get even closer to the action.
The building’s roof is designed to allow for retractability for added air ventilation and it would play a big part in the events’ opening and closing ceremonies.
Chairman of the competitions selection panel Tadao Ando says, “‘The entry’s dynamic and futuristic design embodies the messages Japan would like to convey to the rest of the world. I believe this stadium will become a shrine for world sport for the next 100 years.” As of now the building is set to open in 2018, or just in time for the Rugby World Cup.
Submitted by Ximena Matiz