Zaha Hadid to design new national stadium for Japan
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.