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Friday25 July 2014

Zaha Hadid to design new national stadium for Japan

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80,000 seat stadium must be ready by 2019

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected to design a new national stadium for Japan in Tokyo.

Eleven practices, including Olympic stadium designers Populous, were shortlisted for the £164,000 competition.

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.

Other shortlisted firms included 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 jury was chaired by Tadao Ando and included Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

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  • Poor old Japan.

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  • Well, now surely she gotta turn up for next Golf weekend with the boys & buys the round of drinks for Tado Ando , Richard Rogers and Norman Foster ...

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  • Malcolm HECKS

    Plus ca change.........

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  • Please mace sure that Tadao Ando' s name is spelled correctly!

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  • zecks_marquise

    Was the competition sponsored by the japanese concrete industry by any chance?

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  • RIP Kenzo Tange

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  • Hope she can produce to the budget. Remember her 2012 Aquatics Centre £75M budget final cost £265M + cost of returning it to a swimming pool!

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  • I'll be the first to make a positive comment then. I think the design looks stunning and it is great to see ambitious projects like this being built. 

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  • Oh my... I love being an architect but looking at the comments here reminds me what a bitter jealous bunch many of my colleagues are.
    Congratulations to Zaha Hadid Architects for winning this competition fair and square.

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  • i have a feeling this will be interesting!! at least BD will have plenty of news to report in the years to come!

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