Thursday24 July 2014

In pictures: all-star shortlist for Japan’s national stadium

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Zaha Hadid, Populous and Sanaa among finalists for Tokyo build

Eleven practices, including Olympic stadium designers Populous and Aquatics Centre architect Zaha Hadid, have been shortlisted for the £164,000 competition to design a new national stadium for Japan.

Australia’s Cox Architecture, Germany’s GMP International, the Netherland’s UN Studio with Yamashita Sekkei, Turkey’s Tabanlioglu and France’s Dorell Ghotmeh Tane Architects with A&A Architecture made the list, alongside Japanese firms Sanaa with Nikken Sekkei, Toyo Ito & Associates, Azusa Sekkei and Mitsuru Man Senda.

The design brief is for an 80,000 seat stadium on a narrow site and must be ready to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Cox Architecture's design for Japan’s national stadium

Cox Architecture’s design for Japan’s national stadium

The jury, chaired by Tado Ando and including Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, will choose the first, second and third place winners next month.

In total 46 entries were received for the competition. All interested practices had to be recipients of the Pritzker Prize, an AIA gold medal, UIA gold medal, Praemium Imperiale or a RIBA gold medal. Firms also need experience of designing a stadium with a capacity of 15,000 or more.


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  • grapefruit

    Populus using the same crappy track layout that leaves half the crowd miles away from the action. What is all that grey area supposed to be used for?

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  • My theory about Hadid is that she chews a large gob of bubble gum, pulls it out of her mouth, and gets people in her office to draw up that shape.

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  • the Zaha proposal was the best one

    the other were just hideous

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  • Zaha proposal is inspired... streets ahead of the rest.

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