The New Stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was unveiled this week as Japan continues its efforts to reduce ballooning costs to stage the Games.
The original design by celebrated architect Zaha Hadid was scrapped in July due to its two billion euro price tag. The new concept, designed by local architect Kengo Kuma, will cost almost half that amount.
Kuma is known for blending traditional Japanese style with modern elements and at the unveiling of his design said:
“I think this time, the special point was that the surrounding is covered by a green forest. This time, it’s not just about the shape of the building and how unique it is but how the structure melds together with the forest. I think that that will be the legacy and I think this signifies Japanese style.”
Kuma’s winning design is a 68 thousand-seater stadium that can be increased to 80 thousand if needed.
Construction is expected to be completed in November 2019.