Zaha Hadid, the winner of Japan National Stadium Competition

Zaha Hadid, the winner of Japan National Stadium Competition

The architect’s design for the Japan National Stadium has been selected by Tadao Ando and the Japan Sports Council as the winner of a large international competition to build the country’s grandest sports venue. Hadid beat out 10 other design giants including Populous and a number of award-winning Japanese firms that participated in the high-profile competition. With only 46 participants, entries were restricted only to practices that had won a Pritzker Prize, AIA gold medal, UIA gold medal, Praemium Imeriale, or RIBA gold medal. Participating firms also had to prove prior experience in designing a stadium with a 15,000 seat capacity of more. Not much of a challenge if you’re Zaha Hadid.

The new 80,000-seat arena will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium in Tokyo. It will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and possibly the main games of the 2020 Olympics if Japan’s bid is selected. If the latter is the case, the stadium will be Hadid’s second Olympic building and yet another record breaker for the famed designer.

Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Competition 2012

 

Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Competition

 

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source: http://www.architizer.com