Construction work has begun on the Tokyo 2020 lattice timbered stadium, designed by Kengo Kuma, who was controversially selected over British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.
Hadid was let go from the job back in July, despite having worked on the design for over two years. Kuma was revealed to be taking over the project in December, ahead of a rival bid from fellow Japanese architect Toyo Ito.
The structure is expected to be completed in under four years and is expected to cost ¥149 billion, which is approximately £1.1 billion. Hadid’s design was expected to be completed by 2018, now the Japanese will be pushing the completion date very close to the opening ceremony.
The Japanese have run into other issues since winning the bid to host the games, with organisers having to launch a second competition for the design of the games logo, amid accusations of plagiarism for the first design.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the building as an oval structure with a huge oculus above the track. Seating around the track will be sheltered by the latticed larch, trees and plants will surround the edge of each section, reflecting the greenery that surrounds the stadium’s location.
The Japanese prime minister scrapped the original designs by Zaha Hadid, stating costs as the primary reason. Another factor which led to this decision was a protest by Japanese architects who claimed that Hadid’s design was not befitting of the setting – a wooded site near to where the original 1964 Olympic stadium stood.
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